Towards an evolutionary ecology of life in soil

John W. Crawford, James A. Harris, Karl Ritz, Iain M. Young

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Abstract

The soil-microbe system is one of the most diverse components of the terrestrial ecosystem. The origin of this diversity, and its relation to the life-sustaining processes that are mediated by the resident microbial community, is still poorly understood. The inherent complexities necessitate a theoretical framework that integrates ecological and evolutionary approaches and which embraces the physical heterogeneity of the soil environment. Such a framework is currently lacking, although recent advances in theory and experimentation are beginning to identify the essential ingredients. Here, we review and evaluate the relevance of current modelling approaches, and propose a new synthesis of an evolutionary ecology of life in soil. Key elements include an account of dispersal, horizontal gene transfer, and the consideration of the physical and biological components of soil as an integrated complex adaptive system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume20
Issue number2
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StatePublished - Feb 2005

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Crawford, J. W., Harris, J. A., Ritz, K., & Young, I. M. (2005). Towards an evolutionary ecology of life in soil. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 20(2), 81-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2004.11.014

Crawford, John W.; Harris, James A.; Ritz, Karl; Young, Iain M. / Towards an evolutionary ecology of life in soil.

In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 20, No. 2, 02.2005, p. 81-87.

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Towards an evolutionary ecology of life in soil. / Crawford, John W.; Harris, James A.; Ritz, Karl; Young, Iain M.

In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 20, No. 2, 02.2005, p. 81-87.

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Crawford JW, Harris JA, Ritz K, Young IM. Towards an evolutionary ecology of life in soil. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2005 Feb;20(2):81-87. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2004.11.014