Soil acidity, nutrient availability and livestock density have a major influence on the belowground ecological community. As fast decomposition rates are due mostly to bacterial-based pathways and slower decomposition rates mostly to fungal-based pathways, it is helpful to condense empirical information in the so-called Nematode Channel Ratio (NCR). The NCR is shown to be a good indicator of efficiency in soil decomposition processes. We argue that in intensive agroecosystems, other fungivore members of the decomposer food web may outcompete the hyphal-feeding nematodes. We demonstrate how the NCR can be used to set ecological standards for sustainable use of the soil in agroecosystems. To summarize the interactions between the microbial resources and the decomposer nematofauna according to increasing land management, we propose the use of the fifth percentile as proxy for a sustainable environmental quality of grasslands on sandy soils, and the NCR mean as the upper threshold for low-stocked farms. Â© Springer-Verlag 2005.
|Titolo:||Nonparasitic Nematoda provide evidence for a linear response of functionally important soil biota to increasing livestock density|
MULDER, Christian [Writing – Original Draft Preparation] (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|