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Active dispersal of oribatid mites into young soils
Soil organisms contribute considerably to soil formation, fertility and microstructure of young soils. Oribatid mites as a part of the soil mesofauna are able to colonize young soils within a fewExpand
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Small-scale spatial heterogeneity of stable isotopes signatures (δ15N, δ13C) in Sphagnum sp. transfers to all trophic levels in oribatid mites
Abstract Small-scale heterogeneity is important for understanding soil animal diversity since it may explain their local coexistence. We investigated the heterogeneity within and between threeExpand
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The nuclear 28S gene fragment D3 as species marker in oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) from German peatlands
To make oribatid mites an applicable tool in monitoring programs it is necessary to find a molecular species marker that allows distinct, rapid and easy species identification. In previous studies,Expand
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Wind dispersal of oribatid mites as a mode of migration
Abstract Oribatid mites are important colonizers of young soils, but little is known about their immigration pathways. In this study, one often-stated hypothesis was tested quantitatively: that windExpand
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Convergent evolution of aquatic life by sexual and parthenogenetic oribatid mites
Convergent evolution is one of the main drivers of traits and phenotypes in animals and plants. Here, we investigated the minimum number of independent colonisations of marine and freshwater habitatsExpand
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Slow-moving soil organisms on a water highway: aquatic dispersal and survival potential of Oribatida and Collembola in running water
Background Oribatida and Collembola are an important part of the soil food web and increase soil fertility by contributing to the recycling of nutrients out of dead organic matter. Active locomotionExpand
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The oribatid mite community of a German peatland in 1987 and 2012 - effects of anthropogenic desiccation and afforestation
Peatlands harbour a large number of specialized plants and animals. In many European countries more than 90% of the peat bogs have been destroyed through drainage for agriculture and forestry. TheExpand
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Checklist of earthworms (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae) from Germany.
A checklist of the German earthworm fauna (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae) is presented, including published data, data from reports, diploma- and PhD- theses as well as unpublished data from museumExpand
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First five years of soil food-web development in Chicken Creek catchment
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Bioindication in peatlands by means of multi-taxa indicators (Oribatida, Araneae, Carabidae, Vegetation)
Abstract Peatlands host a large number of highly specialised species and are important carbon storage and freshwater reservoirs, but are heavily threatened by, e.g., peat extraction and drainage. ForExpand
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