publication . Article . Other literature type . 2012

Distinct microbial and faunal communities and translocated carbon in Lumbricus terrestris drilospheres

Stromberger, Mary E.; Keith, Aidan M.; Schmidt, Olaf;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2012
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: United Kingdom
Lumbricus terrestris is a deep-burrowing anecic earthworm that builds permanent, vertical burrows with linings (e.g. drilosphere) that are stable and long-lived microhabitats for bacteria, fungi, micro- and mesofauna. We conducted the first non-culture based field study to assess simultaneously the drilosphere (here sampled as 0–2 mm burrow lining) composition of microbial and micro/mesofaunal communities relative to bulk soil. Our study also included a treatment of surface-applied 13C- and 15N-labeled plant residue to trace the short-term (40 d) translocation of residue C and N into the drilosphere, and potentially the assimilation of residue C into drilosphere...
free text keywords: Biology and Microbiology, Ecology and Environment, Soil Science, Microbiology, Drilosphere, Earthworm, biology.organism_classification, biology, Stable-isotope probing, Ecology, Soil water, Bulk soil, Lumbricus terrestris, Soil mesofauna, Microfauna, Botany
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