The Ecology of Soil Organisms

Introduction 195

Mechanisms That Drive Community Structure 197

Physiological Limits 198 Intraspecific Competition 199 Dispersal in Space and Time 203 Predicting Population Growth 204 Interspecific Competition 204 Direct Effects of Exploitation 207 Indirect Effects of Exploitation 209 Mutualisms 211 Abiotic Factors 211

Changes in Community Structure through Time and Space 212 Historical and Geographic Contingency 214 Hierarchical Community Assembly Rules 215 Ecosystem Dynamics 218 Energy Flow 219

Carbon, Nutrient, and Water Cycles 221 Emergent Properties 224 Conclusion 225

References and Suggested Reading 226

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