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Incorporation of root-derived carbon into soil microarthropods varies between cropping systems

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Li, Zhipeng ; Scheunemann, Nicole ; Potapov, Anton M. ; Shi, Lingling ; Pausch, Johanna ; Scheu, Stefan ; Pollierer, Melanie M.:
Incorporation of root-derived carbon into soil microarthropods varies between cropping systems.
In: Biology and Fertility of Soils. Vol. 56 (2020) . - pp. 839-851.
ISSN 0178-2762

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As the dynamics and magnitude of rhizodeposition vary considerably among cropping systems, we investigated effects of cropping system on the incorporation of root-derived carbon (C) into Collembola, a dominant taxon of soil microarthropods. In the field, we used 13CO2 to pulse label a crop monoculture (oilseed rape, Brassica napus L.), a mixed-grass community (dominated by Lolium perenne L. mixed with clover Trifolium repens L.), and a tree plantation (willow, Salix schwerinii E.L. Wolf and Salix viminalis L.). During 28 days, the incorporation of 13C was traced in nine species of Collembola including epedaphic (surface-dwelling), hemiedaphic (litter-dwelling), and euedaphic (soil-dwelling) functional groups. Incorporation of 13C into Collembola reached a plateau before day 3 after the labeling in grass and willow, but increased up to day 14 in rape. While euedaphic Collembola incorporated less root-derived C than epedaphic and hemiedaphic Collembola in rape and willow, the incorporation of 13C was similar among functional groups in grass. Differential incorporation of 13C in euedaphic species points to niche differentiation within the same functional group. Our findings highlight that cropping system not only affects the flux of root C into soil mesofauna, being slower in rape than in grass and willow, but also the utilization of root-derived resources by functional groups and species of Collembola. The results indicate that pronounced differences in belowground C inputs between cropping systems affect microbivores as basal species and thereby soil food webs and their functioning and services.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Agroecology > Professor Agroecology - Juniorprof. Dr. Johanna Pausch
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2023 05:11
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 05:11