Population- and ecosystem-level effects of predation on microbial-feeding nematodes

@article{Laakso1999PopulationAE,
  title={Population- and ecosystem-level effects of predation on microbial-feeding nematodes},
  author={Jouni Laakso and Heikki M. Set{\"a}l{\"a}},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1999},
  volume={120},
  pages={279-286}
}
We studied the role of nematode predation in the functioning of detrital food webs assembled in microcosms. The microcosms contained defaunated humus and litter materials, a diverse microbial community with bacteria, fungi and protozoa, and a birch (Betula pendula) seedling infected with mycorrhizal fungi. Different levels of top-down control upon microbivorous nematodes were set up by assembling food webs either without predators, or in combinations with a specialist and a non-specialist… CONTINUE READING
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