Protecting global soil resources for ecosystem services

Yong guan Zhu*, Andrew A. Meharg

*Corresponding author for this work

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2015 is the International Year of Soils, as adopted by the United Nations, and reflects the global importance of soil resources in ecosystem sustainability. Soil is not only required for food production, but is also critical for biodiversity conservation and a broad range of ecosystem services. However, soil degradation and loss through anthropogenic activities is highly worrying and reaching a crisis point. Protecting the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of soil is, therefore, of vital importance in securing human and ecosystem health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalEcosystem Health and Sustainability
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2015


  • biodiversity
  • contamination
  • ecosystem services
  • food security
  • human nutrition
  • soil crisis
  • soil quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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