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- M. Belén Maldonado; Julieta N. Aranibar; Alejandro M. Serrano; Natacha P. Chacoff; Diego P. Vázquez
- Catena 2019 v.179 pp. 66-73
- Arachnoides; Coleoptera; ammonium; arid lands; biogeochemical cycles; cow manure; dung beetles; environmental impact; grazing; nitrogen; organic matter; phosphates; phosphorus; soil; soil fertility; soil insects; summer; terrestrial ecosystems; Argentina
- ... Insects are involved in the biogeochemical cycles of multiple elements and influence soil fertility. In particular, soil insects and the functions that they support can affect the response of terrestrial ecosystems to environmental changes. We experimentally studied the role of dung beetles as recyclers of cow dung in drylands of the Central Monte in mid-western Argentina; and we extrapolated thes ...
- 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 ...