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- Kenneth S. Evans; Martha Mamo; Ana Wingeyer; Walter H. Schacht; Kent M. Eskridge; Jeff Bradshaw; Daniel Ginting
- Rangeland ecology & management 2019 v.72 no.4 pp. 667-677
- Coleoptera; biogeochemical cycles; dung beetles; ecological function; feces; field experimentation; grassland soils; nutrients; organic carbon; phosphorus; rangeland soils; soil depth; soil fauna; soil nutrients; summer
- ... Soil fauna play critical roles in various ecosystem functions and services, but empirical data measuring their impact on dung pat decomposition and subsequent nutrient cycling into rangeland soils are limited. The objective of this study was to quantify the effect of soil fauna, using dung beetle as an indicator, on dung decomposition and subsequent translocation of dung nutrients into grassland s ...
- Britt W. Smith; Brad C. Dabbert; Robin M. Verble
- Rangeland ecology & management 2019 v.72 no.1 pp. 120-125
- Coleoptera; community structure; dung beetles; feces; multivariate analysis; pitfall traps; prescribed burning; rangelands; spring; vegetation; vegetation structure; Great Plains region; Texas
- ... Rangeland dung beetles represent an important assemblage of insects for the Great Plains. In this study, we examine the effects of a postfire rangeland environment on a dung beetle assemblage in north-central Texas. We deployed baited pitfall traps to examine spring prescribed fire treatment, differences in vegetation visual obstruction, and dung density influence on dung beetle abundance and comm ...