Contributions of soil biodiversity to ecosystem functions and services

Anne Winding, Elizabeth M Bach, Pauline Mele

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There is increasing attention to the importance of biodiversity for food security and nutrition, especially above-ground biodiversity such as plants and animals. However, less attention is being paid to the biodiversity beneath our feet, soil biodiversity, which drives many processes that produce food or purify soil and water. This report is the result of an inclusive process involving more than 300 scientists from around the world under the auspices of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership and its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, and the European Commission. It presents concisely the state of knowledge on soil biodiversity, the threats to it, and the solutions that soil biodiversity can provide to problems in different fields. It also represents a valuable contribution to raising awareness of the importance of soil biodiversity and highlighting its role in finding solutions to today's global threats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationState of knowledge of soil biodiversity : Status, challenges and potentialities
Place of publicationRome
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-92-5-133582-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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