Plant-induced soil changes: Processes and feedbacks

Plant-induced soil changes: Processes and feedbacks

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This book consists of papers presented at a symposium "PLANT-INDUCED SOIL CHANGES: PROCESSES AND FEEDBACKS" that was held during the American Society of Agronomy-Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, November 4-8, 1996. The papers were also pub- of Biogeochemistry (Vol. 42, nos. 1 and 2, 1998). The lished in a special issue symposium was built on the growing realisation that plant-induced changes in soil feed back in various ways to natural vegetations, giving rise to a plethora of plant-soil interactions beyond the classical one-way cause-and-effect pathways plant-to-soil and soil-to-plant. The aim of this special issue is not in the first place to present new research findings, but to review and discuss the more holistic aspects of plant-soil interactions, providing more room for speculation than do most collections of research papers. After a general introduction which emphasises ecological and evolutionary aspects of plant-soil interac~ions (van Breemen and Finzi), three papers deal with particular effects of plants on soil properties: mineralogy (Kelly et al. ), soil structure (Angers and Caron) and soil fertility (Berendse).
Next, five papers take up plant-soil interactions in specific biomes: forests (Binkley and Giardina; Gobran et al. ), grasslands (Burke et al.; Epstein et al. ) and deserts (Schlesinger and Pilmanis). Two papers discuss plant-soil interactions via effects of differences in litter quality in specific ecosystems: California's pygmy forest (Northup et al. ) and the Alaskan Taiga (Schimel et al. ).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Reprinted from BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 42:1-2, 1998
  • VII, 252 p.
  • 0792352165
  • 9780792352167

Table of contents

Plant-Soil Interactions: Ecological Aspects and Evolutionary Implications; N. van Breemen, A.C. Finzi. The Effect of Plants on Mineral Weathering; E.F. Kelly, et al. Plant-Induced Changes in Soil Structure: Processes and Feedbacks; D.A. Angers, J. Caron. Effects of Dominant Plant Species on Soils during Succession in Nutrient-Poor Ecosystems; F. Berendse. Why Do Tree Species Affect Soils? The Warp and Woof of Tree-Soil Interactions; D. Binkley, C. Giardina. Rhizospheric Processes Influencing the Biogeochemistry of Forest Ecosystems; G.R. Gobran, et al. Plant-Soil Interactions in Temperate Grasslands; I.C. Burke, et al. Plant Functional Type Effects on Trace Gas Fluxes in the Shortgrass Steppe; H.E. Epstein, et al. Plant-Soil Interactions in Deserts; W.H. Schlesinger, A.M. Pilmanis. Polyphenols as Regulators of Plant-Litter-Soil Interactions in Northern California's Pygmy Forest: A Positive Feedback? R.R. Northup, et al. The Role of Balsam Poplar Secondary Chemicals in Controlling Soil Nutrient Dynamics through Succession in the Alaskan Taiga; J.P. Schimel, et al. The bio in Aluminium and Silicon Geochemistry; D. Markewitz, et al.
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