PATRICK LAVELLE and ALISTER V. SPAIN. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 101 Philip Drive, Norwell, MA 02061. 2001. Hardback, 684 pp. $295.00. ISBN 0-7923-7123-2.

During the last decade, the discipline of soil ecology has experienced an increased relevance. The works of K. Killham (Soil Ecology, 1994, Cambridge University Press) and D. Coleman and D.A. Crossley, Jr. (Fundamentals of Soil Ecology, 1996, Academic Press) are examples of this trend. A new and excellent contribution to the subject is given by Lavelle and Spain in the book Soil Ecology. Their work comprises all the major disciplines that permit the...

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