Living litter: Dynamic trait spectra predict fauna composition

Saori Fujii*, Matty P Berg, Johannes H C Cornelissen

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

Onderzoeksoutputpeer review


Understanding what drives soil fauna species composition through space and time is crucial because we should preserve soil fauna biodiversity and its key role in ecosystem functioning in this era of fast environmental change. As plant leaf litter provides both food and habitat for soil fauna, a focus on litter traits that relate to these two functions will help in understanding soil invertebrate community structure and dynamics comprehensively. To advance this agenda, we propose a conceptual framework to explicitly link the invertebrate community composition to the temporal dynamics of the litter trait space defined by two axes: a food-quality axis related to plant resource economics and chemistry and a habitat-quality axis related to litter particle size and shape.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)886-896
Aantal pagina's11
TijdschriftTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Nummer van het tijdschrift10
Vroegere onlinedatum7-jun-2020
StatusPublished - okt-2020

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