Title: Earthworms as bio-indicators of forest site quality
Authors: Muys, Bart ×
Granval, P #
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Soil Biology & Biochemistry vol:29 issue:3-4 pages:323-328
Abstract: The effectiveness of earthworm species as bio-indicators of forest site quality was tested by a dataset of 180 plots in temperate lowland forest (Flanders, Belgium). In these plots, earthworm samples were taken together with vegetation surveys and additional site quality parameters. Vegetation surveys were used to calculate mean humidity, acidity and nitrification indices and to display sites in a humus quality-soil humidity-ecogram. In this ecogram, the earthworm biomass per species, per ecological category and in total was related with timber growth indices for ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). The observed parallels and discrepancies are discussed.
ISSN: 0038-0717
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
× corresponding author
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