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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Impact of simulated nitrogen pollution on heathland microfauna, mesofauna and plants
Authors: Payne, Richard
Thompson, Astrid M
Standen, Valerie
Field, Christopher D
Caporn, Simon J M
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Keywords: Pollution
Reactive nitrogen
Testate amoebae
Issue Date: Mar-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Payne R, Thompson AM, Standen V, Field CD & Caporn SJM (2012) Impact of simulated nitrogen pollution on heathland microfauna, mesofauna and plants, European Journal of Soil Biology, 49, pp. 73-79.
Abstract: Deposition of reactive nitrogen derived from intensive agriculture and industrial processes is a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services around the world; however our knowledge of the impacts of nitrogen is restricted to a very limited range of organisms. Here we examine the response of groups of microfauna (testate amoebae), mesofauna (enchytraeid worms) and plants to ammonium nitrate application in the Ruabon heathland long-term experiment. Plant data showed significant differences between treatments, particularly characterised by a loss of bryophytes in nitrogen-treated plots, by contrast enchytraeids showed a non-significant increase in abundance in response to treatment. Testate amoebae showed no significant changes in abundance or inferred biomass but significant changes in community structure with a reduced abundance of Corythion dubium, interpreted as a response to the loss of bryophytes. Our results suggest that simple indices of plant community may have value for bioindication while the bioindication value of testate amoebae and enchytraeids is not clearly demonstrated.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
Durham University
Durham University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University

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