Loss of soil biodiversity experiments

United Kingdom Case Study – Loss of soil biodiversity

The UK case study is assessing the long-term effects of chemical manipulations to the soil and the resulting effect of pH change on soil biodiversity and function.  The experiment involves applying amendments of ferrous sulphate and elemental sulphur.

UKPlotLayout Experimental plots layout (Created by: Marta Gil Martinez) 

 Control    Ferrous Sulphate    Elemental Sulphur
UKexperimentControl    UKexperimentFerrousSulphate   UKexperimentElementalSulphurs

         Photo credit: Marta Gil Martinez

Preliminary Results


 UKResults1   UKResults3    


 Figure 1. Earthworm
 biomass (a) and
 abundance by functional
 group (b) and nematode
 abundance (c) by feeding
 group (d) were evaluated
 across treatments (n=10)
 in Nov 2016. Acid grassland
 and heathland were
 included as reference
 plots (n=4).


 For more information about this RECARE experiment, please contact Mark Tibbett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.