Peer-reviewed Articles

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Oribatid mites are abundant and diverse decomposers in almost all terrestrial microhabitats, especially in temperate forests. Although their functional importance in the decomposition system in these forests has been investigated, spatio-temporal patterns of oribatid...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Soil Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4863
32 downloads
187 views

This study compared the impacts of different weed managements on weed community, soil health and economic performance between the wheat–maize (WM) and garlic–soybean (GS) rotations. A total of four treatments (H0T, tillage without herbicide; H0T0, without both...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4799
72 downloads
350 views

Background The Chinese Natural Forest Protection program has been conducted nationwide and has achieved resounding success. However, timber importation has increased; therefore, producing more domestic timber is critical to meet the demand for raw materials. Fertilization...

["Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science","Natural Resource Management","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4628
1 citation
64 downloads
321 views

Background The loess-paleosol sequence on the Loess Plateau has been considered an important paleoclimatic archive to study global climatic and environmental changes in the Quaternary. So far, little attention has been paid to the characteristics of soil organic...

["Ecology","Soil Science","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4611
99 downloads
881 views

Background Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) accumulate in urban soils, and PAH contamination can change soil microbial community composition. Environmental microbiota is associated with human commensal microbiota, immune system and health. Therefore, studies...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4508
1 citation
1,327 downloads
25,685 views

Most cropland in the United States is characterized by large monocultures, whose productivity is maintained through a strong reliance on costly tillage, external fertilizers, and pesticides (Schipanski et al., 2016). Despite this, farmers have developed a regenerative...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4428
121 downloads
1,229 views

Background In the arid and semi-arid areas of northern China, overexploitation of fertilizers and extensive irrigation with brackish groundwater have led to soil degradation and large areas of farmland have been abandoned. In order to improve the soil quality of...

["Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4410
199 downloads
1,299 views

Background Soil microbial communities (SMC) play a central role in the structure and function of desert ecosystems. However, the high variability of annual precipitation could results in the alteration of SMC and related biological processes depending on soil water...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4007
1 citation
294 downloads
996 views

In arable cropping systems, reduced or conservation tillage practices are linked with improved soil quality, C retention and higher microbial biomass, but most long-term studies rarely focus on depths greater than 15 cm nor allow comparison of microbial community...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3930
2 citations
269 downloads
822 views

Aim Application of organic materials into agricultural systems enhances plant growth and yields, and improves soil fertility and structure. This study aimed to examine the effects of “compost extract (CE)”, a soil conditioner, and bio-organic manure (BOM) on the...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3775
1 citation
169 downloads
1,024 views

Trees of temperate rainforests host a large biomass of epiphytic plants, which are associated with soils formed in the forest canopy. Falling of epiphytic material results in the transfer of carbon and nutrients from the canopy to the forest floor. This study provides...

["Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3773
123 downloads
569 views

Background Restoration of degraded forest ecosystem is crucial for regional sustainable development. To protect the country’s fragile and fragmented environment, the Chinese government initiated an ecological engineering project, the Natural Forest Protection Program,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3764
261 downloads
918 views

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have a broad range of applications and are generally considered human-engineered nanomaterials. However, carbon nanostructures have been found in ice cores and oil wells, suggesting that nature may provide appropriate conditions for CNT...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science","Synthetic Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3658
1 citation
162 downloads
871 views

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...

["Biosphere Interactions","Ecology","Natural Resource Management","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3377
108 downloads
657 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","Natural Resource Management","Soil Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3572

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