Impacts des vers de terre sur les composants et la dynamique du sol (synthèse bibliographique)
- Publisher: Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux
(issn: 1370-6233, eissn: 1780-4507)
Oligochaeta | soil organic matter dynamics | Biotechnology | agricultural practices | GE1-350 | nutrient cycling in ecosystems | Environmental sciences | microbial communities | soil fertility | Earthworms | TP248.13-248.65
mesheuropmc: complex mixtures
Impacts of earthworms on soil components and dynamics. A review. Earthworm populations are important decomposers contributing to aggregate formation and nutrient cycling processes involving nitrogen cycles, phosphorus and carbon. They are known to influence soil fertility by participating to important processes in soil such as soil structure regulation and organic matter dynamics. Earthworms also modify the microbial communities through digestion, stimulation and dispersion in casts. Consequently, changes in the activities of earthworm communities, as a result of soil management practices, can also be used as indicators of soil fertility and quality. It is therefore important to understand how earthworm communities affect soil dynamics. This review adresses the current state of knowledge on earthworm's impacts on soil structure and soil organic matter (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) dynamics, with special emphasis on the effects of land management practices on earthworm communities.