Soil-dwelling microarthropods are not affected by long-term fertilisation

Soil-dwelling microarthropods are not affected by long-term fertilisation

Soil-dwelling mite and springtail assemblages were studied in winter wheat and maize plantations within a long-term fertilisation experiment in Martonvásár for two years. Soil-dwelling mesofauna of the control plots was compared with mesofauna of mineral and organic fertilised plots. Fertilisation slightly affected the soil-dwelling assemblages. The most important driver was the crop plant species as microarthropod assemblages had different compositions in wheat and maize plantations. Study year was the other important driver. Assemblages differed among the two years which was presumably related with the difference between cumulative precipitations of the two years.

The results are published in Q1 journal Applied Soil Ecology.

Gergócs, V., Flórián, N., Tóth, Z., Szili-Kovács, T., Mucsi, M., & Dombos, M. (2022). Crop species and year affect soil-dwelling Collembola and Acari more strongly than fertilisation regime in an arable field. Applied Soil Ecology, 173, 104390.

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