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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology

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