About this Research Topic
This Research Topic has been developed in collaboration with Speranza Claudia Panico of University of Naples Frederico II.
Forests cover about 30% of the earth's surface, and forest soils provide essential ecosystem services, including C storage (40% of the global soil C) and biodiversity conservation (millions species m−2). This suggests that forest management and disturbance has a profound effect on soil at a global scale and demonstrates the increasing necessity of preserving its quality.
The complexity of soil makes evaluation of its quality particularly challenging. In fact, soil quality is determined by a combination of physical, chemical, and biological properties. Some of them, like changes in edaphic communities, can be used like a single indicator or integrated in soil quality indices as monitoring tools to assess the soil responses to specific human and natural stress. This Research Topic aims to bring together papers that identify stress conditions in forest soils through changes in activity, quantity and diversity of the edaphic community.
The specific aims of this collection are:
• To identify the responses of the microbial and microarthropod community to specific natural and anthropogenic disturbances in forest soils;
• To propose new synthetic biological indexes of forest soils quality that can quickly highlight stress conditions and be used as tools for monitoring, management and conservation of forest soils.
Keywords: Organic matter turnover, Human activities, Natural disturbances, Edaphic Communities, Plant Cover
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