Soil nematode community response to climate change and associated alterations to precipitation and vegetation
Understanding of the belowground grassland response to climate change is much more limited than aboveground responses. This disparity in knowledge is partially due to the vast diversity in species in belowground ecosystems and the overwhelming task of identifying the roles and processes associated with each. Soil nematodes represent the most abundant soil fauna on earth and are exceptional in that they occupy every trophic level, contain multiple life history strategies, and are relatively easy to extract and identify from soil. Moreover, nematode activity (e.g. feeding) directly regulates the ...
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