publication . Other literature type . Article . 2006

Collembola abundances and assemblage structures in conventionally tilled and conservation tillage arable systems

Aoife Brennan; Tony Fortune; Thomas Bolger;
  • Published: 01 Jun 2006
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Summary Reduced biodiversity is associated with increased management intensity and reduced environmental heterogeneity but reduced tillage has been shown to lessen the severity of the effects. In this study we compare the effects, on the abundance and assemblage structure of Collembola, of conventional tillage with a form of reduced tillage management called ECOtillage and we examine the responses of the Collembola to straw incorporation into the soil. Conservation tillage (ECOtillage) resulted in elevated abundances of most collembolan species compared with conventional tillage practices but has little effect on species richness. The addition of straw residue d...
Subjects
free text keywords: Soil Science, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Species richness, Conventional tillage, Biology, Biodiversity, Agroforestry, Agronomy, Arable land, Tillage, Straw
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