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Impacts of the epigeic earthworm Dendrobaena octaedra on oribatid mite community diversity and microarthropod abundances in pine forest floor: a mesocosm study



Impacts of the epigeic earthworm Dendrobaena octaedra on oribatid mite community diversity and microarthropod abundances in pine forest floor: a mesocosm study



Applied Soil Ecology 7(2): 125-136



The effects of the invasion of the epigeic earthworm Dendrobaena octaedra on the pine forest floor oribatid mite community and the abundances of microarthropods were studied in mesocosm. The study was conducted in intact soil cores (30 cm diameter x 25 cm) from the pine forest at constant moisture content and 15 degrees C for 6 months. D. octaedra was added to half the cores at abundances equivalent to its 1993 field density of 250 immatures and 70 matures m-2.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0929-1393(97)00041-3


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