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Impacts of earthworms on soil components and dynamics. A review

Abstract : Earthworm populations are important decomposers contributing to aggregate formation and nutrient cycling processes involving nitrogen cycles, phosphorus and carbon. They are known to influence soil fertility by participating to important processes in soil such as soil structure regulation and organic matter dynamics. Earthworms also modify the microbial communities through digestion, stimulation and dispersion in casts. Consequently, changes in the activities of earthworm communities, as a result of soil management practices, can also be used as indicators of soil fertility and quality. It is therefore important to understand how earthworm communities affect soil dynamics. This review adresses the current state of knowledge on earthworm’s impacts on soil structure and soil organic matter (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) dynamics, with special emphasis on the effects of land management practices on earthworm communities.
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Aboulkacem Lemtiri, Gilles Colinet, Taofic Alabi, Daniel Cluzeau, Lara Zirbes, et al.. Impacts of earthworms on soil components and dynamics. A review. Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement / Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment, Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux, 2014, 18 (1), pp.121-133. ⟨hal-01084235⟩



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