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Soil macroinvertebrate communities: A world‐wide assessment

1 iEES Paris - Institut d'écologie et des sciences de l'environnement de Paris
2 perso
3 Embrapa - Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
4 INECOL - Instituto de Ecologia
5 Taxonomia International Foundation
6 FAO - FAO Plant Production and Protection Division
7 UNRC - National University of Río Cuarto = Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto
8 Geology Department, FCEFQyN, ICBIA-CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), National University of Río Cuarto
9 UMR Eco&Sols - Ecologie fonctionnelle et biogéochimie des sols et des agro-écosystèmes
10 CSU - Colorado State University [Fort Collins]
11 WUR - Wageningen University and Research [Wageningen]
12 Farming Systems Ecology
13 UNAL - Universidad Nacional de Colombia [Bogotà]
14 SCAU - South China Agricultural University
15 College of Natural Resources and Environment
16 CEFE - Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
17 UA - Universidad del Atlántico
18 UTP - Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira [Colombie]
19 UNQ - Universidad Nacional de Quilmes
20 ECOSUR - EI Colegio de la Frontera Sur
21 Soil Physics and Land Management Group
22 IPE - CSIC - Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologìa = Pyrenean Institute of Ecology [Zaragoza]
23 Department of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration
24 UFR SEN - Faculté des sciences exactes et naturelles
25 Centro de Pesquisa Agropecuária dos Cerrados
26 UMR ABSys - Agrosystèmes Biodiversifiés
27 Cirad-PERSYST - Département Performances des systèmes de production et de transformation tropicaux
28 MPEG - Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi [Belém, Brésil]
29 Coordenação de Zoologia
30 Universidad de la Amazonia [Caquetá]
31 UEMA - Universidade Estadual do Maranhão = State University of Maranhão
32 ANR - Agence Nationale de la Recherche
33 Univalle - Universidad del Valle [Cali]
34 UNA - Université Nangui Abrogoua
35 IIAP - Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana
36 UNAP - Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana [Loreto, Perou]
37 UC Davis - University of California [Davis]
Alister Spain
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Aim: Macroinvertebrates comprise a highly diverse set of taxa with great potential as indicators of soil quality. Communities were sampled at 3,694 sites distributed world-wide. We aimed to analyse the patterns of abundance, composition and network characteristics and their relationships to latitude, mean annual temperature and rainfall, land cover, soil texture and agricultural practices. Location: Sites are distributed in 41 countries, ranging from 55 degrees S to 57 degrees N latitude, from 0 to 4,000 m in elevation, with annual rainfall ranging from 500 to >3,000 mm and mean temperatures of 5-32 degrees C. Time period: 1980-2018. Major taxa studied: All soil macroinvertebrates: Haplotaxida; Coleoptera; Formicidae; Arachnida; Chilopoda; Diplopoda; Diptera; Isoptera; Isopoda; Homoptera; Hemiptera; Gastropoda; Blattaria; Orthoptera; Lepidoptera; Dermaptera; and "others". Methods: Standard ISO 23611-5 sampling protocol was applied at all sites. Data treatment used a set of multivariate analyses, principal components analysis (PCA) on macrofauna data transformed by Hellinger's method, multiple correspondence analysis for environmental data (latitude, elevation, temperature and average annual rainfall, type of vegetation cover) transformed into discrete classes, coinertia analysis to compare these two data sets, and bias-corrected and accelerated bootstrap tests to evaluate the part of the variance of the macrofauna data attributable to each of the environmental factors. Network analysis was performed. Each pairwise association of taxonomic units was tested against a null model considering local and regional scales, in order to avoid spurious correlations. Results: Communities were separated into five clusters reflecting their densities and taxonomic richness. They were significantly influenced by climatic conditions, soil texture and vegetation cover. Abundance and diversity, highest in tropical forests (1,895 +/- 234 individuals/m(2)) and savannahs (1,796 +/- 72 individuals/m(2)), progressively decreased in tropical cropping systems (tree-associated crops, 1,358 +/- 120 individuals/m(2); pastures, 1,178 +/- 154 individuals/m(2); and annual crops, 867 +/- 62 individuals/m(2)), temperate grasslands (529 +/- 60 individuals/m(2)), forests (232 +/- 20 individuals/m(2)) and annual crops (231 +/- 24 individuals/m(2)) and temperate dry forests and shrubs (195 +/- 11 individuals/m(2)). Agricultural management decreased overall abundance by <= 54% in tropical areas and 64% in temperate areas. Connectivity varied with taxa, with dominant positive connections in litter transformers and negative connections with ecosystem engineers and Arachnida. Connectivity and modularity were higher in communities with low abundance and taxonomic richness. Main conclusions: Soil macroinvertebrate communities respond to climatic, soil and land-cover conditions. All taxa, except termites, are found everywhere, and communities from the five clusters cover a wide range of geographical and environmental conditions. Agricultural practices significantly decrease abundance, although the presence of tree components alleviates this effect.
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hal-03714724 , version 1 (10-03-2023)




Patrick Lavelle, Jérôme Mathieu, Alister Spain, George Brown, Carlos Fragoso, et al.. Soil macroinvertebrate communities: A world‐wide assessment. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2022, 31, pp.1261-1276. ⟨10.1111/geb.13492⟩. ⟨hal-03714724⟩
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