Effects of simulated rainfall and litter quantities on desert soil biota: nematodes and microarthropods

TitleEffects of simulated rainfall and litter quantities on desert soil biota: nematodes and microarthropods
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsSteinberger Y., Freckman D.W, Parker L.W, Whitford WG
JournalPedobiologia
Volume26
Pagination267-274
Date Published1984
Call Number00319
Keywordsarticle, articles, journal, journals, litter,soil biota, microarthropod, nematode, rainfall simulation,soil biota, soil biota,litter
AbstractThe experiments reported here were designed to test the hypothesis that numerical responses of soil fauna to simulated rainfall would occur only in soils having an adequate leaf litter cover. The soil microarthropods responded to artificial rainfall as hypothesized, that is, the most abundant taxa responded to litter quantity and moisture but not to moisture in the absence of sufficient substrate.