Soil Food Webs

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Introduction

Food webs are used to know different energy interactions in a given ecosystem. The soil's food web is very dynamic and the living part of soil and it is very complex and interchanging depending on it's ecosystem. The interactions found in the food web are soil organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil while producing energy and working together with plants to survive. These interactions carried out in the soil by soil organisms and plants are a vital (NRCS)

The organisms found in the soil food web carry out a large amount of microbial processes such as decomposition, mineralization, immobilization, and nitrification along with many others. These processes help support above and below-ground plant growth and their processes make nourishment for plants possible.


Biological interaction

Environment

Soil

Freshwater & Marine Sediment

Interactions

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Niche

Describe the physical, chemical, or spatial characteristics of the niche where we might find this interaction, using as many sections/subsections as you require. Look at other topics available in MicrobeWiki. Create links where relevant.

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Microbial processes

What microbial processes are important for this microbial interaction? Does this microbial interaction have some ecosystem-level effects? Does this interaction affect the environment in any way? Describe critical microbial processes or activities that are important in this interaction, adding sections/subsections as needed. Look at other topics in MicrobeWiki. Are some of these processes already described? Create links where relevant.

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Key Microorganisms

What specific kinds of microbes are typically involved in this interaction? Or associated with important processes? Describe key groups (genera, species) of microbes that we find in this environment, and any special adaptations they may have evolved to survive in this environment. List examples of specific microbes that represent key groups or are associated with important processes found in this environment. Add sections/subsections as needed. Look at other microbe listings in MicrobeWiki. Are some of the groups of microbes from your environment already described? Create links to other MicrobeWiki pages where possible.

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Current Research

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References

[Sample reference] Takai, K., Sugai, A., Itoh, T., and Horikoshi, K. "Palaeococcus ferrophilus gen. nov., sp. nov., a barophilic, hyperthermophilic archaeon from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent chimney". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 2000. Volume 50. p. 489-500.

Edited by <your name>, a student of Angela Kent at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.