Earthworms Coordinate Soil Biota to Improve Multiple Ecosystem Functions

Ting Liu, Xiaoyun Chen, Xin Gong, Ingrid M. Lubbers, Yangyang Jiang, Wen Feng, Xianping Li, Joann K. Whalen, Michael Bonkowski, Bryan S. Griffiths, Feng Hu, Manqiang Liu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Liu et al. study a 13-year-old field experiment to show that earthworms are beneficial to agroecosystems from a multifunctional perspective. This work incorporates the concerns of negative effects of earthworms in recently published syntheses and highlights the potential pathways in which earthworms contribute to sustainable agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3420-3429
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume29
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • bacterial-dominated channel
  • earthworm
  • ecosystem engineer
  • ecosystem service
  • soil fauna
  • soil microbe
  • sustainable agriculture

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