Plant-induced soil changes: Processes and feedbacks
ISBN/ASIN: 9789048150847,9789401726917,9024729734,9024731437,9024732468,0792352165 | 1998 | English | pdf | 252/254 pages | 10.4 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Nico Van Breemen, Adrien C. Finzi (auth.), Nico Van Breemen (eds.) | Edition: 1
This book by soil scientists and ecologists reviews how and why plants influence soils. Topics include effects on mineral weathering, soil structure, and soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics, case studies of soil-plant interactions in specific biomes and of secondary chemicals influencing nutrient cycling, the rhizosphere, and potential evolutionary consequences of plant-induced soil changes. This is the first volume that specifically highlights the effects of plants on soils and their feedbacks to plants. By contrast, other texts on soil-plant relationships emphasize effects of soil fertility on plants, following the strongly agronomic character of most research in this area. The aspects discussed in this volume are crucial for understanding terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemistry and soil genesis. The book is directed to terrestrial ecologists, foresters, soil scientists, environmental scientists and biogeochemists, and to students following specialist courses in these fields.