Changes in microbial nutrient status during secondary succession and its modification by earthworms

  title={Changes in microbial nutrient status during secondary succession and its modification by earthworms},
  author={Stefan Scheu},
Microbial biomass, nutrient (N and P) status, and carbon and nutrient limitation of the microflora were investigated in soils from five different sites (field, 5-, 12-, and about 50-year-old fallow, beechwood), which represent different stages of a secondary succession from a wheat field to the climax ecosystem of a beechwood on limestone. In addition, the effect of faeces production by the substrate feeding earthworm species Octolasion lacteum (Örley) on the nutrient status of the soil… CONTINUE READING
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