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Long-term organic farming fosters below and aboveground biota: Implications for soil quality, biological control and productivity
Organic farming may contribute substantially to future agricultural production worldwide by improving soil quality and pest control, thereby reducing environmental impacts of conventional farming. WeExpand
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Plant species and functional group effects on abiotic and microbial soil properties and plant–soil feedback responses in two grasslands
1 Plant species differ in their capacity to influence soil organic matter, soil nutrient availability and the composition of soil microbial communities. Their influences on soil properties result inExpand
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Drought acclimation and lipid composition in Folsomia candida: implications for cold shock, heat shock and acute desiccation stress.
Many of the physiological adaptations evolved in terrestrial invertebrates to resist desiccation have also been shown to enhance the survival of low temperatures. In this study we have examinedExpand
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Soil food web properties explain ecosystem services across European land use systems
Intensive land use reduces the diversity and abundance of many soil biota, with consequences for the processes that they govern and the ecosystem services that these processes underpin. RelationshipsExpand
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Soil enzyme activities, microbial community composition and function after 47 years of continuous green manuring
Green manuring practices can influence soil microbial community composition and function and there is a need to investigate the influence compared with other types of organic amendment. This studyExpand
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Carbon addition alters vegetation composition on ex-arable fields
1. Recent changes in European agricultural policy have led to measures to reverse the loss of species-rich grasslands through the creation of new areas on ex-arable land. Ex-arable soils are oftenExpand
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Intensive agriculture reduces soil biodiversity across Europe.
Soil biodiversity plays a key role in regulating the processes that underpin the delivery of ecosystem goods and services in terrestrial ecosystems. Agricultural intensification is known to changeExpand
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Soil microbial community structure in relation to vegetation management on former agricultural land
Agricultural overproduction has led the European Union to encourage long-term abandonment of agricultural land. To enhance the transition of agricultural land to natural grasslands or forestsExpand
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Separating the chance effect from other diversity effects in the functioning of plant communities
The effect of plant species diversity on productivity and competitive ability was studied in an experiment carried out simultaneously in five European countries: Czech Republic (CZ), the NetherlandsExpand
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Plant species diversity, plant biomass and responses of the soil community on abandoned land across Europe: idiosyncracy or above-belowground time lags
We examined the relationship between plant species diversity, productivity and the development of the soil community during early secondary succession on former arable land across Europe. We testedExpand
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