Earthworm casting and burrowing activity in conventional and organic grass-arable rotations

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dc.contributor.author Philips, L.
dc.contributor.author Neal, S.
dc.contributor.author Scullion, John
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-27T11:16:19Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-27T11:16:19Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-27
dc.identifier.citation Philips , L , Neal , S & Scullion , J 2009 , ' Earthworm casting and burrowing activity in conventional and organic grass-arable rotations ' Supplement 1 , pp. 216- . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 149512
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/3707
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3707
dc.description Scullion, J., Neale, S., Philips, L (2007). Earthworm casting and burrowing activity in conventional and organic grass-arable rotations  European Journal of Soil Biology, 43, (Supplement 1), S216-S221 en
dc.description.abstract Earthworm populations and their casting/burrowing activities were recorded in rotations on paired organic and conventional farms. Earthworm abundance was often higher in organic systems, the proportion of ley being a key influence. Casting (surface) and burrowing (surface and 30 cm depth) were related to population indices and these relationships compared between the two systems. Surface casting was common only during ley phases. Surface casting and burrowing were often more abundant in organic rotations but in many cases deep burrowing was greater in conventional rotations. These differences were only partly explained by population data. There was some indication that surface activity was greater in organic rotations even when population differences were discounted. Differences in behaviour between rotation phases and systems may have implications for soil function. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Supplement 1 en
dc.title Earthworm casting and burrowing activity in conventional and organic grass-arable rotations en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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