Soil Biodiversity Digital Exhibition

PART V – List of relevant publications and other resources

Peer-reviewed articles

Geisen S, Wall DH, van der Putten WH. Challenges and Opportunities for Soil Biodiversity in the Anthropocene. Curr Biol. 2019;29(19):R1036-R1044. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.007

Brussaard, L, Behan-Pelletier VM, Bignell DE, et al. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Soil. Ambio. 1997;26(8):563-70.

Fitter AH, Gilligan CA, Hollingworth K, et al. Biodiversity and ecosystem function in soil. Funct Ecol. 2005;19(3):369-77. doi: 10.1111/j.0269-8463.2005.00969.x

Nielsen UN, Wall DH, Six J. Soil Biodiversity and the Environment. Annu Rev Environ Resour. 2015;40:63-90. doi: 10.1146/annurev-environ-102014-021257

Bardgett RD, van der Putten WH. Belowground biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Nature. 2014;515:505-11. doi: 10.1038/nature13855

Myers N, Mittermeier RA, Mittermeier CG, et al. Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities. Nature. 2000;403:853-8. doi: 10.1038/35002501

Whitman WB, Coleman DC, Wiebe WJ. Prokaryotes: the unseen majority. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998;95(12):6578-83. doi: 10.1073/pnas.95.12.6578

van de Hoogen J, Geisen S, Routh D, et al. Soil nematode abundance and functional group composition at a global scale. Nature. 2019;572:194-8. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1418-6

El Mujtar V, Muñoz N, McCormick BP, et al. Role and management of soil biodiversity for food security and nutrition; where do we stand? Glob Food Sec. 2019;20:132-44. doi: 10.1016/j.gfs.2019.01.007

Leung PM, Bay SK, Meier DV, et al. Energetic Basis of Microbial Growth and Persistence in Desert Ecosystems. mSystems. 2020;5:e00495-19. doi: 10.1128/mSystems.00495-19.

Orgiazzi A, Panagos P, Yigini Y, et al. A knowledge-based approach to estimating the magnitude and spatial patterns of potential threats to soil biodiversity. Sci Total Environ. 2016;545-546:11-20. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.092.

Keesstra S, Mol G, De Leeuw J, et al. Soil-Related Sustainable Development Goals: Four Concepts to Make Land Degradation Neutrality and Restoration Work. Land. 2018;7:133. Doi: 10.3390/land7040133.

Soil biodiversity of the Arabian deserts

Bang C, Dagan T, Deines P, et al. Metaorganisms in extreme environments: do microbes play a role in organismal adaptation? Zoology. 2018;127:1-19. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2018.02.004.

Osman JR, de Zelicourt A, Bisseling T, et al. Bacterial Rhizosphere Biodiversity from Several Pioneer Desert Sand Plants Near Jizan, Saudi Arabia. Open Conf Proc J. 2016;7:70-9. doi: 10.2174/2210289201607020070

Eida AA, Ziegler M, Lafi FF, et al. Desert plant bacteria reveal host influence and beneficial plant growth properties. PLoS One. 2018;13:e0208223. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208223

Daur I, Saad MM, Eida AA, et al. Boosting Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Production With Rhizobacteria From Various Plants in Saudi Arabia. Front Microbiol. 2018;9:477. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00477

Selim S, Hassan YM, Saleh AM, et al. Actinobacterium isolated from a semi-arid environment improves the drought tolerance in maize (Zea mays L.). Plant Physiol Biochem. 2019;142:15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2019.06.029

Murgia M, Fiamma M, Barak A, et al. Biodiversity of fungi in hot desert sands. Microbiologyopen. 2019; 8(1): e00595. doi: 10.1002/mbo3.595.

DARWIN21 project (

Soils of the UAE

Shahid SA, Abdelfattah MA, Wilson MA. A Unique Anhydrite Soil in the Coastal Sabkha of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Soil Survey Horizons 2015;48(4):75-9. doi: 10.2136/sh2007.4.0075

Shahid SA, Abdelfattah MA, Othman Y, et al. Innovative Thinking of Soil Inventory for Land Use Planning and Management of Land Resources. In: Developments in Soil Classification, Land Use Planning and Policy Implications. Springer Science+Business Media. Dordrecht, 2013. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5332-7_1

Abdelfattah MA. Land Degradation Indicators and Management Options in the Desert Environment of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Soil Survey Horizons 2015;50(1):3-10. doi: 10.2136/sh2009.1.0003.

Lokier SW, Andrade LL, Court WM, et al. A new model for the formation of microbial polygons in a coastal sabkha setting. Depos Rec. 2017;3(2):201-8. doi: 10.1002/dep2.33.

Schile LM, Kauffman JB, Crooks S, et al. Limits on carbon sequestration in arid blue carbon ecosystems. Ecol Appl. 2017;27(3):859-874. doi: 10.1002/eap.1489.

Serk H. Community structures of microbial mats in the sabkha environment of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.. Master’s thesis. 2008. Newcastle University.

McKay CP, Rask JC, Detweiler AM, et al. An Unusual Inverted Saline Microbial Mat Community in an Interdune Sabkha in the Rub' al Khali (the Empty Quarter), United Arab Emirates. PLoS One. 2016;11(3): e0150342. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150342

El-Tarabily KA. Total microbial activity and microbial composition of a mangrove sediment are reduced by oil pollution at a site in the Arabian Gulf. Can J Microbiol. 2002;48(2):176-82. doi: 10.1139/w01-140.

Kamil FH, Saeed EE, El-Tarabily KA, et al. Biological Control of Mango Dieback Disease Caused by Lasiodiplodia theobromae Using Streptomycete and Non-streptomycete Actinobacteria in the United Arab Emirates. Front Microbiol. 2018;9:829. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00829.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The State of the United Arab Emirates Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. In: The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Rome, 2019.

Other online resources

The Soil Biology Primer. Soil and Water Conservation Society. Tugel AJ, Lewandowski AM, eds.

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