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Functional roles of soil microbial diversity in logged ecosystems


Ref: EIDPJ006
Type: Scoping
Project Leader: Professor James Harris
Lead Institution: Cranfield University - IWE
Host Country Institutions:
Start Date: 2003-09-01
End Date: 2004-01-01
Funding: £2,900.00
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Status: Completed
Regions: East Asia
Countries: Malaysia
Purpose: Although there has been much work on aboveground biodiversity in tropical rainforests, such as macro-invertebrates (e.g. Jones and Eggleton), little attention has been paid to the belowground component of these systems, particularly with respect to the soil microbial community. This is a significant gap in our knowledge, as the soil microbial community plays key functional roles in terms of decomposition and soil structural stabilisation. This is of particular importance in sloping areas, and is likely to be critical when tree cover is removed.
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