Importance of dead wood for soil mite (Acarina) communities in boreal old-growth forests

@inproceedings{Huhta2012ImportanceOD,
  title={Importance of dead wood for soil mite (Acarina) communities in boreal old-growth forests},
  author={Veikko Huhta and Anne Siira-Pietik{\"a}inen and Ritva Penttinen},
  year={2012}
}
We studied the importance of dead wood (coarse woody debris; CWD) for the mite (Oribatida and Mesostigmata) communities by comparing samples from CWD, soil under/beside CWD, forest floor outside CWD, and from living trunks of the same species (Picea abies, Betula pubescens, Populus tremula). Four spruce-dominated sites in old-growth forests in southern Finland were sampled. Our hypotheses were that (1) presence of CWD increases the diversity of the community, (2) the communities are influenced… CONTINUE READING