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Biodiversity and Litter Decomposition in Terrestrial Ecosystems
▪ Abstract We explore empirical and theoretical evidence for the functional significance of plant-litter diversity and the extraordinary high diversity of decomposer organisms in the process ofExpand
An inter-laboratory comparison of ten different ways of measuring soil microbial biomass C
The relationship between the basic FI method and the other methods was mainly affected by the respiration rate of non-fumigated soil, and the FI method is less suitable for the calibration of the FE and SIR methods in forest soils than in arable soils. Expand
Transcription Factor E2-2 Is an Essential and Specific Regulator of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Development
It is reported that basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor E2-2/Tcf4 is preferentially expressed in murine and human PDCs and revealed a key function of E proteins in the innate immune system. Expand
Non‐native invasive earthworms as agents of change in northern temperate forests
Soils of north temperate forests harbor a tremendous diversity of microorganisms and invertebrates, whose distribution and abundance can be substantially altered by earthworm invasion, and invasive earthworms can affect understory plant communities, raising concerns over the loss of rare native herbs. Expand
Thymic Medullary Epithelial Cell Differentiation, Thymocyte Emigration, and the Control of Autoimmunity Require Lympho–Epithelial Cross Talk via LTβR
It is shown that thymocytes and medullary epithelial cells (MECs) communicate via the lymphotoxin β receptor (LTβR) signaling axis, suggesting an unexpected role for LTβR signaling in central tolerance induction. Expand
B and T lymphocyte attenuator regulates T cell activation through interaction with herpesvirus entry mediator
The conservation of the BTLA-HVEM interaction between mouse and human suggests that this system is an important pathway regulating lymphocyte activation and/or homeostasis in the immune response. Expand
Organo-mineral associations in temperate soils: Integrating biology, mineralogy, and organic matter chemistry
We summarize progress with respect to (1) different approaches to isolate, extract, and quantify organo-mineral compounds from soils, (2) types of mineral surfaces and associated interactions, (3)Expand
Earthworm invasion into previously earthworm-free temperate and boreal forests
The invasion of European earthworms into previously earthworm-free temperate and boreal forests of North America dominated by Acer, Quercus, Betula, Pinus and Populus has provided ample opportunity to observe how earthworms engineer ecosystems. Expand
Effects of earthworms on plant growth: patterns and perspectivesThe 7th international symposium on earthworm ecology · Cardiff · Wales · 2002
It is suggested that studies on earthworm-plant interactions may contribute significantly to a more comprehensive understanding of terrestrial ecosystems and to the development of more environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Expand
The soil food web of two beech forests (Fagus sylvatica) of contrasting humus type: stable isotope analysis of a macro- and a mesofauna-dominated community
It is concluded that using higher taxonomic units in soil food web analysis is problematic and in general not consistent with nature. Expand