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Soil Microbial Communities and Restoration Ecology: Facilitators or Followers?

Science  31 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5940, pp. 573-574
DOI: 10.1126/science.1172975

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Abstract

Microorganisms have critical roles in the functioning of soil in nutrient cycling, structural formation, and plant interactions, both positive and negative. These roles are important in reestablishing function and biodiversity in ecosystem restoration. Measurement of the community indicates the status of the system in relation to restoration targets and the effectiveness of management interventions, and manipulation of the community shows promise in the enhancement of the rate of recovery of degraded systems.

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