Studies on the food and feeding habits of soil oribatei in a black pine plantation

@article{Pande1973StudiesOT,
  title={Studies on the food and feeding habits of soil oribatei in a black pine plantation},
  author={Y. D. Pande and Ph. Berthet},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1973},
  volume={12},
  pages={413-426}
}
Food preferences and feeding behaviour of abundant species of oribatid mites in a black pine plantation have been studied by soil sectioning technique. It is suggested that Microtritia minima, Rhysotritia duplicata and Phthiracarus sp. play an important role in the mechanical breakdown of decaying litter and, by contributing to the humification process, help in the accumulation of plant nutrients. Due to poor mobility their contribution to fungal spore dissemination is insignificant. Chamobates… CONTINUE READING

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