The role of microarthropods and nematodes in decomposition in a semi-arid ecosystem

@article{Elkins1982TheRO,
  title={The role of microarthropods and nematodes in decomposition in a semi-arid ecosystem},
  author={Ned Z. Elkins and Walter G. Whitford},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1982},
  volume={55},
  pages={303-310}
}
We sampled the soil microarthropod community monthly in the oak-mesquite sand hill ecosystem. Small fungiphagous prostigmated mites (pyemotids, lordalychids and tarsonemids) that dominated the soil fauna in winter were replaced by large predaceous mites (rhodacarids and laelapids) in summer and autumn. We compared organic matter loss and microarthropod and nematode populations in shinnery oak (Quercus harvardii) using insecticide and untreated litter in fiberglass litterbags. Microarthropods… CONTINUE READING
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