Title: European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity 
Resource Type: maps, data, statistics, registers 
Country: European Union 
Year: 2010 
Availability: Free to download 
Author 1/Producer: European Commission JRC 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/library/maps/biodiversity_at ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->maps
Diffuse pollution-->Monitoring
Soil-->Soil Overview
Soil-->Soil quality
Short description: EXTRACT: The atlas is a visually stunning publication of 128 pages, using striking photographs, informative texts and maps to explain and illustrate the great diversity of life in the across Europe. The atlas functions as a comprehensive guide to soil biology, allowing non-specialists to access information about this unseen world. The first part of the book provides an overview of the below ground environment, soil biota in general, the ecosystem functions that soil organism perform, the important value it has for human activities and relevance for global biogeochemical cycles. The second part is more of an 'Encyclopedia of Soil Biodiversity'. Starting with the smallest organisms such as the bacteria, this segment works through a range of taxonomic groups such as fungi, nematodes, insects and macro-fauna to illustrate the astonishing levels of heterogeneity of life in soil. The atlas aims to : •support policies such as the EU biodiversity action plan; the Soil Thematic Strategy, the European Research Area, •promote the activities related to soil protection and soil biodiversity, •bring soil biodiversity into policy focus by identifying needs for policy and research strategies aimed at soil protection and enhancement of biodiversity 
Link to News Items(s):   The first ever European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 13/11/2010

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