Regional factors rather than forest type drive the community structure of soil living oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida)

@inproceedings{Erdmann2012RegionalFR,
  title={Regional factors rather than forest type drive the community structure of soil living oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida)},
  author={Georgia Erdmann and Stefan Scheu and Mark Maraun},
  booktitle={Experimental and Applied Acarology},
  year={2012}
}
Most European forests are managed by humans. However, the manner and intensity of management vary. While the effect of forest management on above-ground communities has been investigated in detail, effects on the below-ground fauna remain poorly understood. Oribatid mites are abundant microarthropods in forest soil and important decomposers in terrestrial ecosystems. Here, we investigated the effect of four forest types (i.e., managed coniferous forests; 30 and 70 years old managed beech… CONTINUE READING
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