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Soil Ecology in Northern Forests: A Belowground View of a Changing World [Paperback]

Martin Lukac , Douglas L. Godbold
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May 16 2011 0521714214 978-0521714211
Forest soils form the foundation that underpins the existence of all forests. This book encapsulates soil ecology and functioning in northern forests, focusing on the effects of human activity and climate change. The authors introduce the fundamental principles necessary for studying forest soils, and explain the functioning and mutual influence of all parts of a forest soil ecosystem. A chapter is dedicated to each of soil acidity and heavy metal pollution, elevated carbon dioxide, nitrogen deposition and climate change, highlighting the most important anthropogenic factors influencing forest soil functioning and how these soils are likely to respond to environmental change. With its unique view of the functioning of the soils found under temperate and boreal forests in today's rapidly changing world, this book is of interest to anyone studying forestry and forest ecology in European, North American and North Asian contexts.

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"One of the book's strengths is the recurring citation of experimental manipulation of entire ecosystems. Viewing this book through a soil ecologist's eyes, the plant-soil-root-mycorrhizal interactions are presented in an extensive and up-to-date fashion."
David C. Coleman, Ecology

"This book will be well attuned to foresters and forest ecologists with a solid background on the diversity of soil biota and their interactions in forest ecosystem functioning... a well and truly justified effort."
Stef Bokhorst, Quarterly Review of Biology

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Forest soils form the foundation that underpins the existence of all forests. This book encapsulates forest soil ecology and functioning, focusing on the effects of human activity and climate change, and is of interest to anyone studying forestry and forest ecology in European, North American and North Asian contexts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful educational tool Dec 7 2011
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I was a little uncertain about buying this book since I lack a decent background in the biological sciences, but wish to become more informed about our woodlot in the larger environmental picture.

I am very satisfied with this book. It is well written and concise, with a comprehensive table of contents, decent bibliography, adequate index and eleven chapters averaging roughly 20 pages each.

The chapters are as follows. 1=Introduction 2=Soil properties 3=Forest soil development and classification 4=Soil fungi 5=Soil water 6=Forest Carbon cycle 7=Nutrient cycling 8=Northern forests in a high C02 world 9=soil acidity and heavy metal pollution 10=Nitrogen 11=Soil functioning and climate change

Minor complaints are that some of the maps are too small and too crowded for me to get much from them, e.g. global soil regions (page 149) and that one unfamiliar with scientific terminology will sometimes need a good dictionary handy (but that is to be expected in the end as they can not explain every term for the reader). However, I found the authors to give very good general introductions and explanations at the start of the chapters which help immensely.

The book is concerned with forest soils, not agricultural (garden) soils, but a little thinking and further research should allow one to gain some insights in that department as well. A fine book overall for explaining what makes for a vibrant temperate/boreal forest ecosystem and how climate change may factor into this.
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