Towards an ecological index for tropical soil quality based on soil macrofauna

E. Huerta, C. Kampichler, V. Geissen, S. Ochoa-Gaona, B. de Jong, S. Hernández-Daumás

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The objective of this work was to construct a simple index based on the presence/absence of different groups of soil macrofauna to determine the ecological quality of soils. The index was tested with data from 20 sites in South and Central Tabasco, Mexico, and a positive relation between the model and the field observations was detected. The index showed that diverse agroforestry systems had the highest soil quality index (1.00), and monocrops without trees, such as pineapple, showed the lowest soil quality index (0.08). Further research is required to improve this model for natural systems that have very low earthworm biomass (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1056-1062
JournalPesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • fuzzy-logic
  • indicators
  • classification
  • biodiversity
  • earthworms
  • system


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