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Ecological Linkages Between Aboveground and Belowground Biota
This work shows how aboveground and belowground components are closely interlinked at the community level, reinforced by a greater degree of specificity between plants and soil organisms than has been previously supposed. Expand
The unseen majority: soil microbes as drivers of plant diversity and productivity in terrestrial ecosystems.
Overall, this review shows that soil microbes must be considered as important drivers of plant diversity and productivity in terrestrial ecosystems. Expand
Diversity meets decomposition.
It is suggested that changes in species diversity within and across trophic levels can significantly alter decomposition and this happens through various mechanisms that are broadly similar in forest floors and streams. Expand
Herbivore-mediated linkages between aboveground and belowground communities
This paper identifies several mechanisms by which herbivores can indirectly affect decomposer organisms and soil processes through altering the quantity and quality of resources entering the soil and proposes that a variety of possible mechanisms is responsible for the idiosyncratic nature of herbivore effects on soil biota and ecosystem function. Expand
Ecosystem Properties and Forest Decline in Contrasting Long-Term Chronosequences
It is suggested that the maximal biomass phase reached during succession cannot be maintained in the long-term absence of major disturbance, and that similar patterns of decline occur in forested ecosystems spanning the tropical, temperate, and boreal zones. Expand
Going underground: root traits as drivers of ecosystem processes.
Emerging evidence that illustrates how root traits impact ecosystem processes is synthesised, and a pathway to unravel the complex roles of root traits in driving ecosystem processes and their response to global change is proposed. Expand
The biology of soil : a community and ecosystem approach.
Preface and acknowledgements 1. The soil environment 2. The diversity of life in soil 3. Organism interactions and soil processes 4. Linkages between plant and soil biological communities 5.Expand
Microorganisms and climate change: terrestrial feedbacks and mitigation options
To improve the prediction of climate models, it is important to understand the mechanisms by which microorganisms regulate terrestrial greenhouse gas flux, which involves consideration of the complex interactions that occur between microorganisms and other biotic and abiotic factors. Expand
A temporal approach to linking aboveground and belowground ecology.
It is proposed that a temporal framework is crucial to the authors' understanding of the nature and ecological significance of relationships between aboveground and belowground communities. Expand
Microbial contributions to climate change through carbon cycle feedbacks
To understand the potential negative and positive contributions of soil microbes to land–atmosphere carbon exchange and global warming requires explicit consideration of both direct and indirect impacts of climate change on microorganisms. Expand