Root Ecology pp 363-385 | Cite as

Root-Animal Interactions

  • J. B. Whittaker
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 168)


In view of the relative inaccessibility and invisibility of belowground organisms, and the prevalence of invertebrates among root herbivores, it is not surprising that understanding of belowground ecological processes has proceeded at a much slower rate than aboveground studies. When Cragg (1961) was writing about soil animals, almost all of the information available to him was descriptive, or, if quantitative, was unable to go much beyond population counts and biomass estimates.


Fine Root Perennial Grass Trifolium Repens Root Herbivory Aboveground Herbivory 
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