Loss of soil biodiversity experiments

United Kingdom Case Study – Loss of soil biodiversity

The researchers assessed the long-term effects of chemical manipulations to the soil and the resulting effect of pH change on soil biodiversity and function.  The experiment involved applying amendments of ferrous sulphate and elemental sulphur.

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 Control    Ferrous Sulphate    Elemental Sulphur
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         Photo credit: Marta Gil Martinez

Final Results


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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).

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