Effects of root and leaf litter identity and diversity on oribatid mite abundance, species richness and community composition

@article{Bluhm2019EffectsOR,
  title={Effects of root and leaf litter identity and diversity on oribatid mite abundance, species richness and community composition},
  author={Christian Bluhm and Olaf Butenschoen and Mark Maraun and Stefan Scheu},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2019},
  volume={14}
}
Habitat heterogeneity is an important driver of aboveground species diversity but few studies have investigated effects on soil communities. Trees shape their surrounding by both leaf litter and roots generating small scale heterogeneity and potentially governing community patterns of soil organisms. To assess the role of vegetation for the soil fauna, we studied whether tree species (Fagus sylvatica L., Acer pseudoplatanus L., Fraxinus excelsior L., Tilia cordata Mill.), markedly differing in… Expand
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