Mutualism and biodiversity in soils

@article{Lavelle2004MutualismAB,
  title={Mutualism and biodiversity in soils},
  author={Patrick 8 Lavelle and Claude Lattaud and Dolores Trigo and Isabelle Barois},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
  year={2004},
  volume={170},
  pages={23-33}
}
Most soil invertebrates and roots have developed strong interactions with micro-organisms to exploit the organic and mineral resources of soil. Micro-fauna are mainly predators of microorganisms whereas larger organisms interact with micro-organisms through the “external rumen” or facultative endosymbiotic digestive systems. Mobilisation of nutrient and organic resources through mutualism with soil microflora seems to be all the more efficient as the organisms are large (like e.g., roots… CONTINUE READING
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