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Primary production is the fundamental source of energy to foodwebs and ecosystems, and is thus an important constraint on soil communities. This coupling is particularly evident in polar terrestrial ecosystems where biological diversity and activity is tightly...

["Ecology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3377
24 downloads
170 views

Background Theory predicts strong bottom-up control in detritus-based food webs, yet field experiments with detritus-based terrestrial systems have uncovered contradictory evidence regarding the strength and pervasiveness of bottom-up control processes. Two factors...

["Ecology","Soil Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3572
78 downloads
311 views

Introduction Rhizospheres, the most active interfaces between plants and soils, play a central role in the long-term maintenance of the biosphere. The anti-erodibility of soils (AES) regulated by the root exudates is crucial to the soil stability in the rhizospheres....

["Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3029
186 downloads
423 views

Background Faba bean is an important starch-based protein crop produced worldwide. Soil acidity and aluminium toxicity are major abiotic stresses affecting its production, so in regions where soil acidity is a problem, there is a gap between the potential and actual...

["Agricultural Science","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2963
264 downloads
757 views

Currently, characterization of soil microbial communities relies heavily on the use of molecular approaches. Independently of the approach used, soil DNA extraction is a crucial step, and success of downstream procedures will depend on how well DNA extraction was...

["Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2915
1 citation
92 downloads
523 views

Background In arid systems with no surface water, deep boreholes in ephemeral river beds provide for humans and animals. With continually increasing infrastructure development for tourism in arid wildlife parks such as the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in southern...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2923
311 downloads
633 views

Background Fungal endophytes are highly diverse ubiquitous asymptomatic microorganisms, some of which appear to be symbiotic. Depending on abiotic conditions and genotype of the plant, the diversity of endophytes may confer fitness benefits to plant communities....

["Agricultural Science","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2860
124 downloads
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The aim of this study was to compare the effects of four fertilizer applications—control (C), chemical fertilizer (F), compost (O), and in situ earthworm breeding (E)—on the growth, quality and yield of papaya (Carica papaya L.). In this study, 5 g plant−1 urea...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2752
177 downloads
406 views

Nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-damo) is a recently discovered biological process which has been arousing global attention because of its potential in minimizing greenhouse gases emissions. In this study, molecular biological techniques and potential...

["Agricultural Science","Bioengineering","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2766
3 citations
395 downloads
1,653 views

Annually, half of all plant-derived carbon is added to soil where it is microbially respired to CO2. However, understanding of the microbiology of this process is limited because most culture-independent methods cannot link metabolic processes to the organisms...

["Bioinformatics","Environmental Sciences","Genomics","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2687
148 downloads
567 views

Facilitative or positive interactions are ubiquitous in nature and play a fundamental role in the configuration of ecological communities. In particular, habitat modification and niche construction, in which one organism locally modifies abiotic conditions and...

["Ecology","Entomology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2562
1 citation
152 downloads
749 views

Background Understanding patterns of biodiversity is a longstanding challenge in ecology. Similar to other biotic groups, arthropod community structure can be shaped by deterministic and stochastic processes, with limited understanding of what moderates the relative...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Soil Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2545
1 citation
186 downloads
568 views

The tropical earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus (Rhinodrilidae, Oligochaeta) presents a broad distribution (e.g., 56 countries from four continents). It is generally assumed that temperature appears to limit the success of tropical exotic species in temperate climates....

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2572
2 citations
266 downloads
1,140 views

Arid ecosystems are characterized by high spatial heterogeneity, and the variation among vegetation patches is a clear example. Soil biotic and abiotic factors associated with these patches have also been well documented as highly heterogeneous in space. Given...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2459
269 downloads
1,104 views

Soil nematode feeding groups are a long-established trophic categorisation largely based on morphology and are used in ecological indices to monitor and analyse the biological state of soils. Stable isotope ratio analysis (13C/12C and 15N/14N, expressed as δ13C...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2372

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