Soil mite biodiversity : its relationship to grass species and influence on decomposition in the Konza tallgrass prairie
Human activities are responsible for unprecedented extinction rates and global change. Species are disappearing faster than we can record their existence and before we determine their role in ecosystems. In no other system on Earth are we more uncertain about the true diversity of organisms and their roles than in soils. I have examined soil mite (Acari) species at the Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS), Kansas, USA, an uncultivated tallgrass prairie, to determine what mechanisms are responsible for their diversity, how alien invasive grasses may impact them, and what role their diversity ...
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