Mapping earthworm communities in Europe



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Rutgers, Michiel and Orgiazzi, Alberto and Gardi, Ciro and Römbke, Jörg and Jänsch, Stephan and Keih, Adrian M. and Neilson, Roy and Boag, Brian and Schmidt, Olaf and Murchie, Archie K. and Blackshaw, Rod P. and Pérès, Guénola and Cluzeau, Daniel and Guernion, Muriel and Briones, Maria J. I. and Rodeiro, Javier and Piñeiro, Raúl and Díaz Cosín, Darío J. and Sousa, J.Paulo and Suhadolc, Marjetka and Kos, Ivan and Krogh, Paul-Henning and Faber, Jack H. F and Mulder, Christian and Bogte, Jaap J. and Van Wijnen, Harm J. and Schouten, Anton J. and De Zwart, Dick (2016) Mapping earthworm communities in Europe. Applied Soil Ecology, 97 . pp. 98-111. ISSN 0929-1393

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Existing data sets on earthworm communities in Europe were collected, harmonized, collated, modelled and depicted on a soil biodiversity map. Digital Soil Mapping was applied using multiple regressions relating relatively low density earthworm community data to soil characteristics, land use, vegetation and climate factors (covariables) with a greater spatial resolution. Statistically significant relationships were used to build habitat–response models for maps depicting earthworm abundance and species diversity. While a good number of environmental predictors were significant in multiple regressions, geographical factors alone seem to be less relevant than climatic factors. Despite differing sampling protocols across the investigated European countries, land use and geological history were the most relevant factors determining the demography and diversity of the earthworms. Case studies from country-specific data sets (France, Germany, Ireland and The Netherlands) demonstrated the importance and efficiency of large databases for the detection of large spatial patterns that could be subsequently applied at smaller (local) scales.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital Soil Mapping; Earthworm community; EcoFINDERS; Soil Atlas; Soil biodiversity; Europe
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Invertebrates
ID Code:46716
Deposited On:06 Mar 2018 12:07
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:25

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