Soil Biota

Soil Biota
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Soil Biota

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Publisher: Agrobios Publications
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Preface National Prosperity and human resource development are primarily shaped by the availability of natural resources and their utilization. Biological resources are the mirror of the past, prosperity of the present and treasure of the future. Biodiversity is the part of our daily life and is constituted of the resources upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend on. Biodiversity provides structural and functional frame to the ecosystem and is the key factor for the ecological stability. The magnitude of underground biodiversity is much more than above ground biodiversity and this plays central role in various ecosystems. Ecological functions of soil flora and fauna such activities on water and air movement, nutrient cycling and availability, and soil aggregation and stability even plant roots can be effectively ignored will be directly challenged by readings of Lavelle et al and Allen et al. Perceptions that soil trophic relationships are simple will be challenged by readings of Beare et al., and others. Perceptions that soil microbial populations are hopelessly complex and beyond quantitative description will be challenged by readings of Bruns and Cavigelli et al. and as summarized by Kennedy et al. Information on soil faunal diversity, for example, is far ahead of similar information for fungal and bacterial populations. It is equally clear, however, that without more complete taxonomic information for the various functional groups in soil, it will be very difficult to address general and important questions about the regulation and significance of soil biodiversity. It remains difficult even now, for example, to directly refute assertions of taxonomic or functional
redundancy in soil communities primarily because our understanding of the diversity of most soil taxa is so minimal. At present we lack a definitive picture of the importance of faunal diversity to ecosystem functioning, many contributors in this volume cite examples of single-species removals that have led to changes in rates of soil processes. We thus are well on the path towards defining the functional importance of soil community diversity. We hope the readers will find from this volume very interesting and useful for the research works. This edition aims to throw light on all the above mentioned factors. The knowledge gathered in this book will empower the young scientist to undertake a mission to create awareness among the growing scientist and agriculturalists regarding soil biodiversity, conservation and inventerization and sustainable future. So, the presentation of the each chapter will create a new wave in the perceptions of the importance of soil fauna and flora by researches, young scientist, and teachers. It is appreciated that the presented papers contributed much to clarify the common goal of the soil biota to work out a unitary system of soil organisms. I recored my sincere thanks to all the contributers and publishers for their successful efforts. Editor