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Title: Soil biodiversity, biological indicators and soil ecosystem services - an overview of European approaches
Authors: Pulleman, Mirjam
Creamer, Rachel E.
Hamer, Ute
Helder, Johannes
Pelosi, Celine
Peres, Guenola
Rutgers, Michiel
Keywords: Biological soil parameters
Soil biological indicators
Integrated data sets
Issue Date: Nov-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Mirjam Pulleman, Rachel Creamer, Ute Hamer, Johannes Helder, Céline Pelosi, Guénola Pérès, Michiel Rutgers. Soil biodiversity, biological indicators and soil ecosystem services—an overview of European approaches. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2012, 4(5), 529-538. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.10.009.
Series/Report no.: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability;vol 4
Abstract: Soil biota are essential for many soil processes and functions, yet there is an increasing pressure on soil biodiversity and soil degradation remains a pertinent issue. Therefore, the sustainable management of soils requires soil monitoring, including biological indicators able to relate land use and management to soil functioning and ecosystem services. Since the 1990’s, biological soil parameters have been assessed in an increasing number of field trials and monitoring programmes across Europe. The development and effective use of meaningful and widely applicable bio-indicators however, continues to be a challenging tasks. This paper aims to provide an overview of current knowledge in relation to soil biodiversity characterization and assessment. Examples of European monitoring approaches and soil biodiversity indicators are presented, and the value of soil biodiversity databases for developing a better understanding of the relations between soil management and ecosystem functions and services is discussed. We conclude that integration of monitoring approaches and data sets, together with state-of-the art ecological expertise, offers good opportunities for advancing ecological theory as well as application of such knowledge by decision makers.
Description: peer-reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/360
ISSN: 1877-3435
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