TITLE

Community structure and diversity of soil arthropods in naturally restored sandy grasslands after grazing

AUTHOR(S)
Liu Ren-tao; Zhao Ha-lin; Zhao Xue-yong
PUB. DATE
November 2010
SOURCE
Yingyong Shengtai Xuebao;Nov2010, Vol. 21 Issue 11, p2849
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Taking the Naiman Desertification Research Station under Chinese Academy of Sciences as a base, an investigation was conducted on the community structure of soil arthropods in the naturally restored sandy grasslands after different intensity grazing disturbance, with the effects of vegetation and soil on this community structure approached. In the non-grazing grassland, soil arthropods were rich in species and more in individuals, and had the highest diversity. In the restored grassland after light grazing, soil arthropods had the lowest evenness and diversity. In the restored grassland after moderate grazing, the individuals of soil arthropods were lesser but the major groups were more, and the evenness and diversity were higher. In the restored grassland after heavy grazing, the individuals of soil arthropods were more but the major groups were lesser, and the diversity was higher. Plant individuals' number, vegetation height and coverage, and soil alkalinity were the main factors affecting the soil arthropod community in naturally restored grasslands after different intensity grazing disturbance. It was implied that after 12-year exclosure of grassland, soil arthropod community could be recovered to some degree, while grazing disturbance had long-term negative effects on the arthropod community.
ACCESSION #
63536149

 

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