Soil nematode functional diversity, successional patterns, and indicator taxa associated with vertebrate decomposition hotspots

  title={Soil nematode functional diversity, successional patterns, and indicator taxa associated with vertebrate decomposition hotspots},
  author={Lois S Taylor and Gary Phillips and Ernest C. Bernard and Jennifer M. DeBruyn},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Decomposition of vertebrate remains is a dynamic process that creates localized soil enrichment zones. A growing body of literature has documented effects of vertebrate decomposition on soil pH, electrical conductivity, oxygen levels, nitrogen and carbon speciation, microbial biomass, and microbial successional patterns. However, relatively few studies have examined the microfaunal members of the soil food web that function as secondary consumers, specifically nematodes. Nematodes are often… Expand

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