Effects of organic matter removal, soil compaction, and vegetation control on Collembolan populations

Robert J. Eaton, Mary Ellen Barbercheck, Marilyn Buford, William Smith

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Abstract

Collembola can be among the most numerous meso-invertebrates in the forest floor and, through their interaction with primary decomposers in the decomposition food web, may affect litter decomposition and consequently site productivity. This study was conducted to determine whether Collembolan abundance could be impacted by organic matter removal, compaction, and vegetation control on a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantation. Monthly soil and litter samples were taken over 2 years and the fauna extracted from them using modified Tulgren funnels. Organic matter removal and vegetation control generally caused a significant decrease in Collembolan populations, while compaction did not significantly affect Collembolan populations. These results indicate that habitat was the primary influence on population abundance in this experiment, possibly via its influence on desiccation. Sensitivity of collembolan populations to habitat changes caused by organic matter removal indicates a potential effect on long-term site productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-128
Number of pages8
JournalPedobiologia
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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Collembola
soil compaction
soil organic matter
organic matter
vegetation
compaction
litter
decomposition
Pinus taeda
productivity
habitat
forest floor
desiccation
food web
plantation
invertebrate
degradation
fauna
habitats
forest litter

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Soil Science

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Eaton, Robert J. ; Barbercheck, Mary Ellen ; Buford, Marilyn ; Smith, William. / Effects of organic matter removal, soil compaction, and vegetation control on Collembolan populations. In: Pedobiologia. 2004 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 121-128.
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