Epigeic Earthworms Exert a Bottleneck Effect on Microbial Communities through Gut Associated Processes

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Gómez-Brandón, María; Aira, Manuel; Lores, Marta; Domínguez, Jorge;
(2011)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Journal: PLoS ONE,volume 6,issue 9 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3174214, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024786
  • Subject: Lipids | Research Article | Agricultural Production | Soil Ecology | Microbial Ecology | Agriculture | Ecology | Species Interactions | Environmental Chemistry | Chemistry | Biology | Biota | Community Ecology | Terrestrial Environments | Microbiology | Environmental Impacts | Medicine | Ecological Environments | Applied Microbiology | Q | R | Community Structure | Science | Biochemistry | Entomology | Animal Management | Zoology | Terrestrial Ecology | Soil Chemistry

BACKGROUND: Earthworms play a critical role in organic matter decomposition because of the interactions they establish with microorganisms. The ingestion, digestion, assimilation of organic material in the gut and then casting is the first step in earthworm-microorganis... View more
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