Université de Neuchâtel

Are urban soils similar to natural soils of river valleys?

Amossé, Joël ; Le Bayon, Renée-Claire ; Gobat, Jean-Michel

In: Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2015, vol. 15, no. 8, p. 1716-1724

Purpose Urban soils and soils of river valleys are constituted of heterogeneous materials that have been manipulated, disturbed or transported at different spatial and temporal scales. Despite these similarities, little is known about soil evolution in urban soils and their comparison with natural soils remains therefore highly useful. We hypothesized that, according to their degree of...

Université de Neuchâtel

Effects of endogeic earthworms on the soil organic matter dynamics and the soil structure in urban and alluvial soil materials

Amossé, Joël ; Turberg, Pascal ; Kohler-Milleret, Roxane ; Gobat, Jean-Michel ; Le Bayon, Renée-Claire

In: Geoderma, 2015, vol. 243-244, p. 50-57

Earthworms are considered as key actors of soil processes at different spatial and temporal scales and provide essential ecosystem services linked to climate regulation or primary production. However, little is known about their basic functional roles (e.g. organic matter decomposition, soil structuring processes) in perturbed systems such as urban or alluvial soils. Alluvial soils are...