publication . Article . 2015

Assessing the impact of agricultural forage crops on soil biodiversity and abundance

Crotty, F.V.; Fychan, R.; Scullion, J.; Sanderson, R.; Marley, C.L.;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2015 Journal: Soil Biology and Biochemistry (issn: 00380717, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Abstract
Abstract Maintaining soil biodiversity and function is key to maintaining soil health, nutrient cycling and decomposition. Different forage species have variable concentrations of essential nutrients and rooting patterns, potentially affecting soil biology and soil–plant–animal interactions. Our study compared the effect of growing different forage crops on soil faunal diversity and abundance. Plots of chicory (Cichorium intybus), red clover (Trifolium pratense), white clover (Trifolium repens) or perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) were established in 2009 and maintained over a four year period. Soil faunal samples were taken, including soil mesofauna, nematode...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: food and beverages
free text keywords: Ecology, Clover, Chicory, Decomposers, Earthworms, Community structure, Soil Science, Microbiology, Agronomy, Soil biodiversity, Decomposer, Soil health, Soil food web, Trifolium repens, biology.organism_classification, biology, Soil mesofauna, Soil biology, Lolium perenne, Botany
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