Interaction of earthworm species in sewage sludge-amended soil microcosms

Lumbricus terrestris and Eisenia fetida

W. E. Hamilton, D. L. Dindal, C. M. Parkinson, M. J. Mitchell

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Abstract

In sludge microcosms, L. terrestris increased in biomass, reduced organic matter and moisture percentages in surface layers, increased water-stable soil aggregates of 4 mm diameter and over and reduced the population density of nematodes. E. fetida increased in biomass, increased 0.5-1.0 mm diameter water-stable soil aggregates and reduced percentage moisture and the density of nematodes but did not affect the percentage of organic matter. Presence of E. fetida had a negative effect on weight gain and cast stability of L. terrestris. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-852
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Ecology
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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soil aggregate
earthworm
microcosm
nematode
moisture
organic matter
biomass
surface layer
population density
soil
sludge
water
sewage sludge
effect

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  • Ecology

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Hamilton, W. E. ; Dindal, D. L. ; Parkinson, C. M. ; Mitchell, M. J. / Interaction of earthworm species in sewage sludge-amended soil microcosms : Lumbricus terrestris and Eisenia fetida. In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 1988 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 847-852.
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Interaction of earthworm species in sewage sludge-amended soil microcosms : Lumbricus terrestris and Eisenia fetida. / Hamilton, W. E.; Dindal, D. L.; Parkinson, C. M.; Mitchell, M. J.

In: Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.01.1988, p. 847-852.

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