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dc.contributor.author Amy M. en_US
dc.contributor.author A. F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Phil J. en_US
dc.contributor.author A. C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Susan J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lorna A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Roger en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-11T08:07:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-11T08:07:26Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05-16 en_US
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2005.11.004 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Treonis , A M , Currie , A F , Murray , P J , Gange , A C , Grayston , S J , Dawson , L A & Cook , R 2006 , ' Interactions between fertilizer addition, plants and the soil environment: implications for soil faunal structure and diversity ' Applied Soil Ecology , vol 33 , no. 2 , pp. 199-207 . , 10.1016/j.apsoil.2005.11.004 en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 109889 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/2830 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/2830
dc.description.abstract The linkages between plants and soil biota are both important and complex, involving both positive and negative feedbacks between soil organisms and their physical environment. An experiment was established in an upland grassland system to investigate the impact of addition of nitrogen and lime (NL) fertiliser on plant communities and the soil biota. The NL treatment increased above ground plant biomass and accelerated root returns to the soil, providing increased plant-derived energy for the soil food web. No changes were seen in fungal biomass, as indicated by PLFA, but bacterial biomass was reduced. However, the numbers of bacterial feeding and predatory nematodes increased in the NL treatment and may be masking the effects at the lower trophic levels, indicating top-down control mechanisms. Although the NL treatment changed nematode community structure, there was an overall depression in the abundance of nematodes. This decrease was likely to be related to soil moisture content, which was reduced significantly in the NL treatment by increased evapotranspiration due to the larger above ground biomass production. This study highlights the strong bottom-up control over the soil dwelling nematodes both in terms of driving changes in diversity and in modifying the soil physical environment. en_US
dc.format.extent 9 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Applied Soil Ecology en_US
dc.title Interactions between fertilizer addition, plants and the soil environment: implications for soil faunal structure and diversity en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Aberystwyth University en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en_US


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