Badger ( Taxidea taxus ) disturbances increase soil heterogeneity in a degraded shrub-steppe ecosystem

@inproceedings{Eldridge2008BadgerT,
  title={Badger ( Taxidea taxus ) disturbances increase soil heterogeneity in a degraded shrub-steppe ecosystem},
  author={David J Eldridge and Walter G. Whitford},
  year={2008}
}
In the western United States, overgrazing, weed invasion and wildfire have resulted in the conversion of shrub-steppe to annual grasslands, with substantial effects on ecosystem function. In these landscapes, badgers disturb large areas of soil while foraging for fossorial animals. Mounds created by badgers contained the lowest concentrations of total carbon, nitrogen and sulphur, mineral nitrogen and mineralizable nitrogen, inter-mound soils had the highest concentrations, and excavation pits… CONTINUE READING
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