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Trophic niche differentiation in soil microarthropods (Oribatida, Acari): evidence from stable isotope ratios (15N/14N)
Abstract The large number of animals that coexist in soil without any clear niche differentiation has puzzled biologists for a long time. We investigated stable isotope ratios (15N/14N) in a diverseExpand
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Adding to 'the enigma of soil animal diversity': fungal feeders and saprophagous soil invertebrates prefer similar food substrates
Fungal feeding decomposer animals in soil appear to prefer dark pigmented microfungi (often termed Dematiacea) when given the choice. Both fruiting species (e.g. Cladosporium, Alternaria, Ulocladium)Expand
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Compartmentalization of the soil animal food web as indicated by dual analysis of stable isotope ratios (15N/14N and 13C/12C)
Abstract The soil animal food web has become a focus of recent ecological research but trophic relationships still remain enigmatic for many taxa. Analysis of stable isotope ratios of N and CExpand
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Oribatid mite and collembolan diversity, density and community structure in a moder beech forest (Fagus sylvatica): effects of mechanical perturbations
Abstract The effects of mechanical perturbations on two soil microarthropod communities (oribatid mites and collembolans) were investigated in a moder beech forest on sandstone. We disturbed the soilExpand
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Stable isotopes revisited: Their use and limits for oribatid mite trophic ecology
Abstract In this review we summarize our knowledge of using stable isotopes ( 15 N/ 14 N, 13 C/ 12 C) to better understand the trophic ecology of oribatid mites. Our aims are (a) to recapitulate theExpand
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Do oribatid mites live in enemy-free space? Evidence from feeding experiments with the predatory mite Pergamasus septentrionalis
To examine whether their strongly hardened cuticle permits adult oribatid mites (Acari) to live in enemy-free space, we investigated (1) if Pergamasus septentrionalis, a widespread and abundantExpand
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Plant Diversity Surpasses Plant Functional Groups and Plant Productivity as Driver of Soil Biota in the Long Term
Background One of the most significant consequences of contemporary global change is the rapid decline of biodiversity in many ecosystems. Knowledge of the consequences of biodiversity loss inExpand
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Impact of tropical lowland rainforest conversion into rubber and oil palm plantations on soil microbial communities
Focusing on Sumatra, a hotspot of tropical lowland rainforest transformation, we investigated effects of the conversion of rainforests into rubber agroforests (“jungle rubber”), intensive rubber, andExpand
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Resources and sex: Soil re-colonization by sexual and parthenogenetic oribatid mites
Summary Factors responsible for the dominance of sexual reproduction in Metazoa are controversial. Generally, the mode of reproduction is correlated with ecological factors: under resource-limitedExpand
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Trophic diversity and niche partitioning in a species rich predator guild – Natural variations in stable isotope ratios (13C/12C, 15N/14N) of mesostigmatid mites (Acari, Mesostigmata) from Central
Abstract A large number of predatory mesostigmatid mite species populate forest soils in high densities. The present study investigates the trophic structure of the Mesostigmata community of oldExpand
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