Title: Global gaps in soil biodiversity data
Authors: ERIN K. CAMERONMARTINS INÊS S.LAVELLE PATRICKMATHIEU JÉRÔMETEDERSOO LEHOGOTTSCHALL FELIXGUERRA CARLOSHINES JESPATOINE GUILLAUMESIEBERT JULIAWINTER MARTENCESARZ SIMONEDELGADO-BAQUERIZO MANUELFERLIAN OLGAFIERER NOAHKREFT HOLGERLOVEJOY THOMAS E.MONTANARELLA LUCAORGIAZZI ALBERTOPEREIRA HENRIQUE M.PHILLIPS HELEN R. P.SETTELE JOSEFWALL DIANAEISENHAUER NICO
Citation: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION vol. 2 p. 1042-1043
Publisher: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108995
ISSN: 2397-334X
URI: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0573-8
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108995
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0573-8
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Soil biodiversity represents a major terrestrial biodiversity pool, supports key ecosystem services and is under pressure from human activities. Yet soil biodiversity has been neglected from many global biodiversity assessments and policies. This omission is undoubtedly related to the paucity of comprehensive information on soil biodiversity, particularly on larger spatial scales. Information on belowground species distributions, population trends, endemism and threats to belowground diversity is important for conservation prioritization, but is practically non-existent. As a consequence, much of our understanding of global macroecological patterns in biodiversity, as well as mapping of global biodiversity hotspots, has been based on aboveground taxa (such as plants) and has not considered the functionally vital, but less visible, biodiversity found in soil.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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