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Individual study: Diversity and community structure of soil Oribatida (Acari) in an arable field with alluvial soils

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Ľuptáčik P., Miklisová D. & Kováč L. (2012) Diversity and community structure of soil Oribatida (Acari) in an arable field with alluvial soils. European Journal of Soil Biology, 50, 97-105


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Plant new hedges Soil Fertility

A replicated study in 1996 on alluvial soils near to the Ondava River, Slovakia (Ľuptáčik et al. 2012)  showed that soil conditions close to or beneath uncultivated field margins (willow Salix alba hedgerows) can be beneficial for oribatid mite (mites which live in the topsoil) diversity. Sampling was carried out along a transect incorporating a range of habitats (see below) over 212 m, in a corn Zea mays field. The willow hedgerow was found to have greater diversity than the other four sampled transect sites. At each site, eight soil samples were collected from random locations within a 9 m2 plot, at 12 weekly intervals. The sampling sites along the transect were: willow hedgerow, corn field, depression in field, followed by two more sites located further into the corn field.