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Termites promote soil carbon and nitrogen depletion: Results from an in situ macrofauna exclusion experiment, Peru

Dahlsjo, Cecilia A.L.; Parr, Catherine L; Malhi, Yadvinder; Meir, Patrick; Chevarria, Omayra V.C.; Eggleton, Paul


We present results from one of the first in situ soil termite exclusion experiments using translocated soil that was not colonised by termites prior to the experiment. Macrofauna were excluded or included using fine (0.3mm) and coarse (5mm) mesh, respectively. We found that termites were the most dominant macrofauna in the macrofauna-included samples throughout the sampling period. Additionally, C and N depletion rates were consistently higher in samples with macrofauna than without macrofauna...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.05.033


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