Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Plant-soil interactions.

Abstract

This issue contains 8 papers on the following aspects of plant-soil interactions: (1) nutrient cycling and soil processes in terrestial ecosystems, with emphasis on the specific nature of Mediterranean ecosystem and its implications for the soil-plant relationship; (2) the role of earthworms on the decomposition of organic matter and nutrient cycling; (3) soil organisms and the invisible dimension in the invasion by exotic plant species; (4) interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants communities, with some examples from arid ecosystems; (5) ectomycorrhizal communities in fire prone environments, with emphasis on their role in pine trees re-establishment; (6) effect of soil biota on aboveground plant-insect interactions; (7) restoration and revegetation of road slopes in semiarid Mediterranean environments; and (8) linking biogeochemical variability and microbial community structure in forest soils - with a case on Abies pinsapo-fir forests.