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Title of Research Project
Soil faunal biodiversity and carbon cycling.

Research workers:

PI

Dr Phil Ineson

Dept. of Biology,
University of York,
PO Box 373,
YORK, YO1 5YW

Tel: 01904 434088

pi2@york.ac.uk

PI

Prof AH Fitter

Dept. of Biology,
University of York (as above)

Tel: 01904 432814

ahf1@york.ac.uk

PDRA

Dr Philip Staddon

 

University of York (as above)

pls101@york.ac.uk

HSO

Dr Nick Ostle

CEH Lancaster
Lancaster Environment Centre
Library Avenue
Bailrigg
Lancaster
LA1 4AP

no@ceh.ac.uk

HSO

Dave Benham

CEH Lancaster (as above)

d.benham@ceh.ac.uk

Abstract
The importance of macro- and meso-faunal diversity in the cycling of carbon at the Sourhope site will be investigated by combining faunal manipulative techniques with 13C in situ pulse labelling. We will validate a novel technique, based on imposed anoxia, for manipulating faunal diversity in field soils and compare this approach with more traditional techniques. A mobile laboratory will be constructed and used to pulse label experimental plots at Sourhope with enriched 13CO2; the fate of the C will be compared across treatments to test the hypothesis that a higher percentage of input carbon is retained in systems with lower faunal diversity.


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(Diagram - Nick Ostle 10/06/99)


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(All pictures and diagrams - Nick Ostle 29/07/99)

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