Université de Neuchâtel

Subordinate plant species moderate drought effects on earthworm communities in grasslands

Mariotte, Pierre ; Le Bayon, Renée Claire ; Eisenhauer, Nico ; Guenat, Claire ; Buttler, Alexandre

In: Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2016, vol. 96, p. 119-126

Loss of plant diversity resulting from forecasted drought events is likely to alter soil functioning and affect earthworm communities. Plant-soil interactions are expected to play an important role in mediating climate change effects on soil decomposers. In this study, we test above-belowground linkages after drought by focusing on the effects of subordinate plant species on earthworm...