The objective of this study was to determine for all 3 LTSP replicates in the Sub-Boreal Spruce zone, how the soil collembola communities have changed in the 10 years since the soil treatments were applied and how they have responded to different levels of structural and habitat loss. Collembola collected and preserved in years 1 and 10 from all 3 replicates of the SBS LTSP project (including uncut, untreated control plots) were identified and quantified by species. This project addresses the importance of woody debris structures and forest floor habitat in the preservation of soil fauna biodiversity. This project contributes to the scientific underpinnings of our understanding of how different stand-level structures and habitats affect mesofauna biodiversity and functioning, a topic that is of critical interest not only in BC, but also internationally.
Shannon M. Berch and Jan Addison.
Berch, Shannon M.. 2006. Impact of retaining woody debris and forest floor habitats on stand level diversity of soil collembola. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR271
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Soil, Ecology, British, Columbia
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