The earthworm population of a winter cereal field and its effects on soil and nitrogen turnover

@article{Curry2004TheEP,
  title={The earthworm population of a winter cereal field and its effects on soil and nitrogen turnover},
  author={James P. Curry and D. Byrne and Kerrie E Boyle},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
  year={2004},
  volume={19},
  pages={166-172}
}
The earthworm population in a winter cereal field in Ireland was studied over a 3-year-period and its effects on soil and N turnover were assessed. The mean annual population density was 346–471 individuals m-2 and the mean biomass was 56.9–61.2 g m-2. Twelve species were recorded, the most abundant being Allolobophora chlorotica followed by Aporrectodea caliginosa, and 242 mg at 5°C to 713 mg at 10°C in the case of juvenile Lumbricus terrestris. Gut contents (dry mass of soil) comprised 6.7–15… CONTINUE READING

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