Biodiversity Science ›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (2): 109-115.doi: 10.1360/biodiv.060293

Special Issue: The Final Frontier: Soil Biodiversity

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A review and perspective on soil biodiversity research

Shenglei Fu   

  1. South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650
  • Received:2006-11-23 Revised:2007-01-10 Online:2007-03-20

In this paper, the soil biodiversity and its functioning in ecosystem were briefly summarized, and the history and development of the discipline of soil biology were also reviewed. Meanwhile, I pointed out some issues on soil biology to be addressed for a few years to come. Due to the importance of soil biodiversity to the maintenance of ecosystem functions but inadequate study on soil biota in China, a series of articles on soil biota were collectively published in this issue of Biodiversity Science. The objectives of this issue were to enable the Chinese scientists to better understand the functions of soil biodiversity and to stimulate the interest of young scholars in the discipline of soil biology. The ultimate goal was to push forward the research and development of soil biology in China and to apply the knowledge and techniques of soil biology in the development of national economy.

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