It is generally recognized that where earthworms are abundant they can exert significant influence on the structure and function of soils. Compared to other biogeographic regions of Earth, however, surprisingly little is known about the earthworm fauna of the western hemisphere and their role in soil processes.
This book is the first comprehensive review and analysis of the state of understanding of earthworm biogeography and ecology in North America. Topics of in-depth discussion include earthworm systematics, biogeography and ecology, influences on soil structure and ecosystem nutrient dynamics, and implications for ecosystem management. Each chapter provides a general review and statement of current understanding, an assessment of current research problems, recent developments and advances, and priorities for future research and applications. This book is a must for researchers and students studying the soil-related facets of terrestrial ecology.
Table of Contents
Status of Exotic Earthworm Systematics and Biogeography in North America, J.W. Reynolds
Systematics, Biogeography, and Ecology of Native Earthworms from Eastern, Central, Southern, and Southwestern United States, S.W. James
Native Earthworms of the Pacific Northwest: An Ecological Overview, W.M. Fender
Native Earthworms of the North Neotropical Region: Current Status and Controversies, C. Fragoso, S.W. James, and S. Borges
Native and Exotic Earthworms in Wildland Ecosystems, P.J. Kalisz and H.B. Wood
Influences of Earthworms on Biogeochemistry, J.M. Blair, R.W. Parmelee, and P. Lavelle
Earthworms and Their Influence on Soil Structure and Infiltration, A.D. Tomlin, M.J. Shipitalo, W.M. Edwards, and R. Protz
Earthworms in Agroecosystems, C.A. Edwards, P.J. Bohlen, D.R. Linden, and S. Subler
Earthworms and Sustainable Land Use, K.E. Lee
"...provides a long-overdue synthesis of current information on the earthworm fauna of North and Central America... I recommend this book to all those interested in the taxonomy, biology, and ecology of earthworms. It will be essential reading for researchers and students of the North and Central American earthworm fauna and those interested in the nature of biological invasions."
-Journal of Environmental Quality