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dc.contributor.authorDe Wandeler, Hansen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBruelheide, Helgeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDawud, Seid Muhieen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDanila, Gabrielen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDomisch, Timoen_UK
dc.contributor.authorFiner, Leenaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHermy, Martinen_UK
dc.contributor.authorJaroszewicz, Bogdanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorJoly, Francois-Xavieren_UK
dc.contributor.authorMuller, Sandraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRatcliffe, Sophiaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRaulund-Rasmussen, Karstenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRota, Emiliaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorVan Meerbeek, Koenraaden_UK
dc.contributor.authorVesterdal, Larsen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMuys, Barten_UK
dc.description.abstractGiven the key role of belowground biota on forest ecosystem functioning, it is important to identify the factors that influence their abundance and composition. However, the understanding of the ecological linkage between tree diversity and belowground biota is still insufficient. Here we investigated the influence of tree diversity (richness, True Shannon diversity index, functional diversity) and identity (proportion of evergreen leaf litter and leaf litter quality) on earthworm species richness and biomass at a continental and regional scale, using data from a Europe-wide forest research platform (FunDivEUROPE) spanning six major forest types. We found a marked tree identity effect at the continental scale, with proportion of evergreen leaf litter negatively affecting total earthworm biomass and species richness, as well as their biomass per functional group. Furthermore, there were clear litter quality effects with a latitudinal variation in trait-specific responses. In north and central Europe, earthworm biomass and species richness clearly increased with increasing litter nutrient concentrations (decreasing C:N ratio and increasing calcium concentration), whereas this influence of litter nutrients was absent or even reversed in southern Europe. In addition, although earthworms were unaffected by the number of tree species, tree diversity positively affected earthworm biomass at the continental scale through functional diversity of the leaf litter. By focusing on tree leaf litter traits, this study advanced our understanding of the mechanisms driving tree identity effects and supported previous findings that litter quality, as a proxy of tree identity, was a stronger driver of earthworm species richness and biomass than tree diversityen_UK
dc.relationDe Wandeler H, Bruelheide H, Dawud SM, Danila G, Domisch T, Finer L, Hermy M, Jaroszewicz B, Joly F, Muller S, Ratcliffe S, Raulund-Rasmussen K, Rota E, Van Meerbeek K, Vesterdal L & Muys B (2018) Tree identity rather than tree diversity drives earthworm communities in European forests. Pedobiologia, 67, pp. 16-25.
dc.rightsThis item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: De Wandeler H, Bruelheide H, Dawud SM, Danila G, Domisch T, Finer L, Hermy M, Jaroszewicz B, Joly F, Muller S, Ratcliffe S, Raulund-Rasmussen K, Rota E, Van Meerbeek K, Vesterdal L & Muys B (2018) Tree identity rather than tree diversity drives earthworm communities in European forests, Pedobiologia, 67, pp. 16-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2018.01.003 © 2018, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subjectlitter functional traitsen_UK
dc.subjectlitter qualityen_UK
dc.subjectsoil faunaen_UK
dc.subjectspecies richnessen_UK
dc.subjecttree functional diversityen_UK
dc.titleTree identity rather than tree diversity drives earthworm communities in European forestsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[2018_De Wandeler_et_al_Pedobiologia.pdf] Publisher requires embargo of 12 months after formal publication.en_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKU Leuvenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationMartin Luther University Halle-Wittenbergen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Copenhagenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Stefan cel Mare Suceavaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNatural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNatural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKU Leuvenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Warsawen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAlbert Ludwigs University of Freiburgen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Copenhagenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sienaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKU Leuvenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Copenhagenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKU Leuvenen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorDe Wandeler, Hans|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBruelheide, Helge|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDawud, Seid Muhie|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDanila, Gabriel|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDomisch, Timo|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorFiner, Leena|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHermy, Martin|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorJaroszewicz, Bogdan|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorJoly, Francois-Xavier|0000-0002-4453-865Xen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMuller, Sandra|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRatcliffe, Sophia|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRaulund-Rasmussen, Karsten|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRota, Emilia|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorVan Meerbeek, Koenraad|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorVesterdal, Lars|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMuys, Bart|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filename2018_De Wandeler_et_al_Pedobiologia.pdfen_UK
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