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, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 463–471 | Cite as

Soil as a Biological System and Its New Category—Health

  • A. M. SemenovEmail author
  • E. V. Semenova
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Abstract

It is proposed that soil should be considered a biological system with the following notions: “soil ecosystem” or “ecosystem of soil.” A new, integral characteristic of the soil ecosystem—soil health—is addressed. Parameters and methods essential to define soil health and characterize this new category are provided. Natural soil ecosystems and agroecosystems are discussed and compared. Conventional and organic land use systems are addressed in relation to agroecosystems. The need to determine and assess the health of soil ecosystems with respect to the land-use type is highlighted. Activities and methods required to preserve and protect the health of soil ecosystems, the significance of “activity suppression” in soil ecosystems, and means to diagnose soil health and to use therapy in modern agroecosystems are discussed.

Keywords:

soil ecosystem soil health аgrosystem soil health parameters soil ecosystem protection suppressive activity therapy 

Notes

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We are grateful to A.H.C. van Bruggen and M.R. Finckh for the production and publication of a great book, Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture, Finckh, M.R., van Bruggen, A.H.C. and Tamm L., Eds., St. Paul, Mn: Am. Phytopathol. Soc., 2015.

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Сonflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. This article does not contain any studies involving animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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