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Title of Research Project
The relationship between diversity, biomass and function of soil microarthropod communities.

Research workers:

PI

Dr R Bardgett

University of Lancaster

r.bardgett@lancaster.ac.uk

PDRA

Lisa Cole

University of Lancaster


Abstract

The overall aim of this study is to test the applicability of current aspects of ecological theory, developed for above-ground organisms, for soil biotic communities of upland grasslands.

In particular, we will examine:

  1. organism biomass-diversity relationships in soil communities along gradients of land-use intensity on upland grasslands, and;
  2. whether observed changes in species diversity, in relation to land-use , influence grassland ecosystem function in terms of both resistance (ability to maintain a steady state in a fluctuating environment) and resilience (ability to return to a ground state when displaced of key soil processes.

The study will also consider whether diversity-stability relationships are independent of changes in biomass in the biotic community. We are studying soil microarthropods to test the above aspects of ecological theory.

Links

University of Lancaster

Lancaster University Soil Ecology

 

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