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Title: Slow-cycle effects of foliar herbivory alter the nitrogen acquisition and population size of Collembola

Author: Bradford, Mark A.; Gancos, Tara; Frost, Christopher J.;

Date: 2008

Source: Soil Biology & Biochemistry

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: In terrestrial systems there is a close relationship between litter quality and the activity and abundance of decomposers. Therefore, the potential exists for aboveground, herbivore-induced changes in foliar chemistry to affect soil decomposer fauna. These herbivore-induced changes in chemistry may persist across growing seasons. While the impacts of such slow-cycle, 'legacy' effects of foliar herbivory have some support aboveground, such impacts have not been evaluated for soil invertebrates. Here, we investigate legacy effects on Collembola population structure and nitrogen acquisition.

Keywords: Soil fauna, Decomposition, Greenfall, Aboveground, Belowground, Litter quality, Nitrogen mineralisation, Nitrogen immobilisation

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Bradford, Mark A.; Gancos, Tara; Frost, Christopher J. 2008. Slow-cycle effects of foliar herbivory alter the nitrogen acquisition and population size of Collembola. Soil Biology & Biochemistry

 


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