The Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas was published in 2016 by the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative.  More than 120 scientists from around the world contributed to bringing the most current soil ecology and biodiversity knowledge into accessible language and stunning images. This website brings that content to your finger tips, enjoy!

The entire Atlas (176 pgs) can be downloaded (pdf) for free: click here
Print copies of the Atlas (12″ x 16.5″; 30cm x 42 cm) can be ordered from the European Union Bookstore (€25/USD$28 + shipping): click here


The content of the Atlas is intended to be shared and used! Please cite the Atlas as your source:

Orgiazzi, A., R. D. Bardgett, E. Barrios, V. Behan-Pelletier, M. J. I. Briones, J. L. Chotte, G. B. De Deyn, P. Eggleton, N. Fierer, T. Fraser, K. Hedlund, S. Jeffrey, N. C. Johnson, A. Jones, E. Kandeler, N. Kaneko, P. Lavelle, P. Lemanceau, L. Miko, L. Montanarella, F. M. de Souza Moreira, K. S. Ramirez, S. Scheu, B. K. Singh, J. Six, W. H. van der Putten, and D. H. Wall. 2016. Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas. European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.


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Editorial Board

Alberto Orgiazzi, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
Richard D. Bardgett, University of Manchester, UK
Edmundo Barrios, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research-World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya
Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
María J.I. Briones, University of Vigo, Spain
Jean-Luc Chotte, Institute of Research for the Development, France
Gerlinde B. De Deyn, Wageningen University and Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands
Paul Eggleton, Natural History Museum, UK
Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, USA
Tandra Fraser, Colorado State University, USA
Katarina Hedlund, Lund University, Sweden
Simon Jeffery, Harper Adams University, UK
Nancy C. Johnson, Northern Arizona University, USA
Arwyn Jones, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy

Ellen Kandeler, University of Hohenheim, Germany
Nobuhiro Kaneko, Yokohama National University, Japan
Patrick Lavelle, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France
Philippe Lemanceau, National Institute of Agronomic Research, France
Ladislav Miko, European Commission, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, Belgium
Luca Montanarella, European Commission, Joint Reserach Centre, Italy
Fatima M.S. Moreira, University of Lavras, Brazil
Kelly S. Ramirez, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands
Stefan Scheu, University of Göttingen, Germany
Brajesh K. Singh, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Johan Six, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Wim H. van der Putten, Wageningen University and Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands
Diana H. Wall, Colorado State University, USA


Aimeric Blaud, University of Sheffield, UK
Alfredo Vizzini, University of Turin, Italy
Aline Quadros, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ana Bastos, University of Aveiro CESAM, Portugal
Andrew Bissett, CSIRO, Australia
Andrew Young, CSIRO, Australia
Andrey S. Zaitsev, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia & Justus-Liebig-University, Germany
Andy Murray, UK
Angela Yin Yee Kong, Columbia University, USA
Anna Fitzgerald, Bioplatforms Australia, Australia
Anne Zangerlé, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Byron J. Adams, Brigham Young University, USA
Catriona Macdonald, Western Sydney University, Australia
Ciro Gardi, European Food Safety Authority, Italy
Cristina Menta, University of Parma, Italy
Davis Joseph Bagyaraj, CNBRCD, India
Delphine Renard, McGill University, Canada
Diego Abalos, University of Guelph, Canada
Doyle McKey, University of Montpellier and IUF, France
Elena Velasquez, National University of Colombia, Colombia
Elisangela A. Silva, Federal University of Rondônia, Brazil
Enrique Doblas-Miranda, CREAF, Spain
Eric Blanchart, Research Institute for Development, France
Erica Lumini, National Research Council, Italy
Eva Barreno, University of Valencia, Spain
Fabiano Sillo, University of Turin, Italy
Fernando Z. Vaz-de-Mello, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil
Francesca Bampa, Teagasc, Ireland
François Buscot, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Frank G. A. Verheijen, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Frans Janssen, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Håkan Wallender, Lund University, Sweden
Hendrik Segers, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium
Hiroaki Okada, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Japan
Isabelle Barois Boullard, Institute of Ecology A.C./INECOL, Mexico
Ivan H. Tuf, Palacký University, Czech Republic
Jaap Bloem, Alterra & Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Jan Jacob Keizer, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Jayne Belnap, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
Jérôme Mathieu, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France
Jerome E. Tondoh, ICRAF West and Central Africa, Mali
Juan J. Jiménez, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
Júlio Louzada, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
Junling Zhang, China Agricultural University, China
Juvenil Enrique Cares, University of Brasília, Brazil
Kai Uwe Totsche, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Karl Ritz, The University of Nottingham, UK

Kevin Purdy, University of Warwick, UK
Kirsten Küsel, Friedrich Schiller University Jena & iDiv, Germany
Konstantin Gongalsky, Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russia
Lionel Ranjard, INRA, France
Loris Galli, University of Genoa, Italy
Luana Giordano, University of Turin, Italy
Lucy Seldin, Federal University of Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Maarten Schrama, University of Manchester, UK
Mariangela Girlanda, University of Turin, Italy
Martha B. Dunbar, Joint Research Centre, Italy
Martin Zimmer, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Germany
Masahiro Nagano, Oita University, Japan
Miguel Dita, EMBRAPA, Brazil
Mirjam Pulleman, Wageningen University & CIAT, The Netherlands & Colombia
Natasha Pauli, University of Western Australia, Australia
Nicolas Chemidlin Prevost-Boure, AgroSup Dijon, France
Noela Carrera, University of Vigo, Spain
Pankaj Trivedi, Western Sydney University, Australia
Paolo Gonthier, University of Turin, Italy
Pauline Mele, DEDJTR & LaTrobe University, Australia
Peter Mortimer, World Agroforestry Centre, China
Pilar Andrés, CREAF, Spain
Rachel Creamer, Teagasc, Ireland
Rannveig Anna Guicharnaud, Iceland
Reginaldo Constantino, University of Brasília, Brazil
Richard Dick, Ohio State University, USA
Robert I. Griffiths, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
Roel van Klink, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Ronald Zanetti, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
Rüdiger Schmelz, ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany
Samuel Dequiedt, INRA, France
Sarah Emery, University of Louisville, USA
Satoshi Ohdachi, Hokkaido University, Japan
Satoshi Shimano, Hosei University, Japan
Shigeori Karasawa, Fukuoka University of Education, Japan
Shixiao Yu, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Sidney L. Stürmer, Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil
Sina Adl, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Souleymane Konaté, University of Nangui Abrogoua, Ivory Coast
Steven Banwart, University of Sheffield, UK
Steven J. Fonte, Colorado State University, USA
Susan Trumbore, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Susana Loureiro, University of Aveiro CESAM, Portugal
Takashi Komatsu, Kyushu University, Japan
Tomonori Tsunoda, Yokohama National University, Japan
Uffe N. Nielsen, Western Sydney University, Australia
Valeria Bianciotto, National Research Council, Italy