V. Hallaire

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 The burrow systems of two earthworm species (Lumbricus terrestris and Aporrectodea giardi) were studied in artificially packed soil columns placed in controlled conditions in the laboratory. At the end of the incubation, which lasted 246 days, the burrow systems were characterized on the undisturbed columns using X-ray computed tomography. This method(More)
 The effect of organic enrichment on earthworm activity and soil structure was studied in two French vineyards, by comparing control and test plots. In each vineyard the organic matter quantitatively increased the abundance and biomass of the earthworm community. These increases were associated with a higher level of species diversity and a higher evenness(More)
Earthworm casts weathered by rainfall are difficult to differentiate from surrounding soil aggregates. We tested the hypothesis that morphological characterisation of soil aggregates by 2D-image analysis helps to perform this differentiation. Compact surface casts produced by Amynthas khami and surrounding aggregates lacking visible signs of biological(More)
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