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The structure of oribatid mite communities (Acari, Oribatida): patterns, mechanisms and implications for future research
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The underestimated importance of belowground carbon input for forest soil animal food webs.
The present study investigated the relative importance of leaf and root carbon input for soil invertebrates. Experimental plots were established at the Swiss Canopy Crane (SCC) site where the forestExpand
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The complete mitochondrial genome of the sexual oribatid mite Steganacarus magnus: genome rearrangements and loss of tRNAs
BackgroundComplete mitochondrial (mt) genomes and the gene rearrangements therein are increasingly used as molecular markers for investigating phylogenetic relationships, especially for elucidatingExpand
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High genetic divergences indicate ancient separation of parthenogenetic lineages of the oribatid mite Platynothrus peltifer (Acari, Oribatida)
Theories on the evolution and maintenance of sex are challenged by the existence of ancient parthenogenetic lineages such as bdelloid rotifers and darwinulid ostracods. It has been proposed thatExpand
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Reevolution of sexuality breaks Dollo's law
The dominance of sexual reproduction is still an unresolved enigma in evolutionary biology. Strong advantages of sex have to exist, because only a few parthenogenetic taxa persist over evolutionaryExpand
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The phylogenetic relationship between Astigmata and Oribatida (Acari) as indicated by molecular markers
Astigmata comprise a diverse group of acariform mite species with a remarkable range of life histories, most of which involve parasitic or commensal relationships with other organisms. SeveralExpand
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Regional factors rather than forest type drive the community structure of soil living oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida)
Most European forests are managed by humans. However, the manner and intensity of management vary. While the effect of forest management on above-ground communities has been investigated in detail,Expand
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Arthropod colonization of land--linking molecules and fossils in oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida).
Terrestrial fossils that document the early colonization of land are scarce for >100 my after the Cambrian explosion. This raises the question whether life on land did not exist or just did notExpand
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Community structure, trophic position and reproductive mode of soil and bark-living oribatid mites in an alpine grassland ecosystem
The community structure, stable isotope ratios (15N/14N, 13C/12C) and reproductive mode of oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) were investigated in four habitats (upper tree bark, lower tree bark, dryExpand
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Incorporation of plant carbon and microbial nitrogen into the rhizosphere food web of beech and ash
Abstract We labeled tree saplings of beech and ash with 15 N and 13 C in a greenhouse. Carbon (C) was applied as 13 CO 2 to plants and nitrogen (N) was added as 15 NH 4 15 NO 3 to the soil. WeExpand
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