Small-scale Collembola community composition in a pine forest soil – Overdispersion in functional traits indicates the importance of species interactions

L.A. Widenfalk, A. Mamström, M.P. Berg

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Soil communities are considered to be remarkably species-rich and to have many generalist species with seemingly similar niche requirements. The composition of soil fauna communities is often highly variable even at the plot scale, and both the environment and the spatial configuration of microhabitats are regarded as important forces shaping the structure of local communities. However, to what extent these forces are important in different ecosystems is not clear. We examined the relative roles of environmental (abiotic), vegetation (biotic) and spatial variables (using Moran's eigenvector maps, MEM) for the small-scale variation in springtail (Collembola) communities in a 100 m
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-62
JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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