Belowground biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

R.D. Bardgett, W.H. van der Putten

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Abstract

Belowground biodiversity is largely out of sight and mind, but there is mounting evidence to show that the vast diversity of subterranean microorganisms and animals that live belowground contribute significantly to shaping the overall biodiversity and and terrestrial ecosystem function. In this review, Richard Bardgett and Wim van der Putten consider recent work on the ecological and evolutionary role of belowground biodiversity and outline areas or research that would improve our understanding of the influence of soil biodiversity on the ecological and evolutionary responses of terrestrial ecosystems to environmental change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-511
Number of pages7
JournalNature
Volume515
Issue number7528
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

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