Global distribution of earthworm diversity

Phillips, Helen R. P.; Guerra, Carlos A.; Bartz, Marie L. C.; Briones, Maria J. I.; Brown, George; Crowther, Thomas W.; Ferlian, Olga; Gongalsky, Konstantin B.; van den Hoogen, Johan; Krebs, Julia; Orgiazzi, Alberto; Routh, Devin; Schwarz, Benjamin; Bach, Elizabeth M.; Bennett, Joanne; Brose, Ulrich; Decaëns, Thibaud; König-Ries, Birgitta; Loreau, Michel; Mathieu, Jérôme; ... (2019). Global distribution of earthworm diversity Science, 366(6464), pp. 480-485. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 10.1126/science.aax4851

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Soil organisms, including earthworms, are a key component of terrestrial ecosystems. However, little is known about their diversity, their distribution, and the threats affecting them. We compiled a global dataset of sampled earthworm communities from 6928 sites in 57 countries as a basis for predicting patterns in earthworm diversity, abundance, and biomass. We found that local species richness and abundance typically peaked at higher latitudes, displaying patterns opposite to those observed in aboveground organisms. However, high species dissimilarity across tropical locations may cause diversity across the entirety of the tropics to be higher than elsewhere. Climate variables were found to be more important in shaping earthworm communities than soil properties or habitat cover. These findings suggest that climate change may have serious implications for earthworm communities and for the functions they provide.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Resource-efficient agricultural production systems

Name:

Phillips, Helen R. P.;
Guerra, Carlos A.;
Bartz, Marie L. C.;
Briones, Maria J. I.;
Brown, George;
Crowther, Thomas W.;
Ferlian, Olga;
Gongalsky, Konstantin B.;
van den Hoogen, Johan;
Krebs, Julia;
Orgiazzi, Alberto;
Routh, Devin;
Schwarz, Benjamin;
Bach, Elizabeth M.;
Bennett, Joanne;
Brose, Ulrich;
Decaëns, Thibaud;
König-Ries, Birgitta;
Loreau, Michel;
Mathieu, Jérôme;
Mulder, Christian;
van der Putten, Wim H.;
Ramirez, Kelly S.;
Rillig, Matthias C.;
Russell, David;
Rutgers, Michiel;
Thakur, Madhav P.;
de Vries, Franciska T.;
Wall, Diana H.;
Wardle, David A.;
Arai, Miwa;
Ayuke, Fredrick O.;
Baker, Geoff H.;
Beauséjour, Robin;
Bedano, José C.;
Birkhofer, Klaus;
Blanchart, Eric;
Blossey, Bernd;
Bolger, Thomas;
Bradley, Robert L.;
Callaham, Mac A.;
Capowiez, Yvan;
Caulfield, Mark E.;
Choi, Amy;
Crotty, Felicity V.;
Dávalos, Andrea;
Cosin, Darío J. Diaz;
Dominguez, Anahí;
Duhour, Andrés Esteban;
van Eekeren, Nick;
Emmerling, Christoph;
Falco, Liliana B.;
Fernández, Rosa;
Fonte, Steven J.;
Fragoso, Carlos;
Franco, André L. C.;
Fugère, Martine;
Fusilero, Abegail T.;
Gholami, Shaieste;
Gundale, Michael J.;
López, Mónica Gutiérrez;
Hackenberger, Davorka K.;
Hernández, Luis M.;
Hishi, Takuo;
Holdsworth, Andrew R.;
Holmstrup, Martin;
Hopfensperger, Kristine N.;
Lwanga, Esperanza Huerta;
Huhta, Veikko;
Hurisso, Tunsisa T.;
Iannone, Basil V.;
Iordache, Madalina;
Joschko, Monika;
Kaneko, Nobuhiro;
Kanianska, Radoslava;
Keith, Aidan M.;
Kelly, Courtland A.;
Kernecker, Maria L.;
Klaminder, Jonatan;
Koné, Armand W.;
Kooch, Yahya;
Kukkonen, Sanna T.;
Lalthanzara, H.;
Lammel, Daniel R.;
Lebedev, Iurii M.;
Li, Yiqing;
Lidon, Juan B. Jesus;
Lincoln, Noa K.;
Loss, Scott R.;
Marichal, Raphael;
Matula, Radim;
Moos, Jan Hendrik;
Moreno, Gerardo;
Morón-Ríos, Alejandro;
Muys, Bart;
Neirynck, Johan;
Norgrove, Lindsey;
Novo, Marta;
Nuutinen, Visa;
Nuzzo, Victoria;
Rahman P, Mujeeb;
Pansu, Johan;
Paudel, Shishir;
Pérès, Guénola;
Pérez-Camacho, Lorenzo;
Piñeiro, Raúl;
Ponge, Jean-François;
Rashid, Muhammad Imtiaz;
Rebollo, Salvador;
Rodeiro-Iglesias, Javier;
Rodríguez, Miguel Á.;
Roth, Alexander M.;
Rousseau, Guillaume X.;
Rozen, Anna;
Sayad, Ehsan;
van Schaik, Loes;
Scharenbroch, Bryant C.;
Schirrmann, Michael;
Schmidt, Olaf;
Schröder, Boris;
Seeber, Julia;
Shashkov, Maxim P.;
Singh, Jaswinder;
Smith, Sandy M.;
Steinwandter, Michael;
Talavera, José A.;
Trigo, Dolores;
Tsukamoto, Jiro;
de Valença, Anne W.;
Vanek, Steven J.;
Virto, Iñigo;
Wackett, Adrian A.;
Warren, Matthew W.;
Wehr, Nathaniel H.;
Whalen, Joann K.;
Wironen, Michael B.;
Wolters, Volkmar;
Zenkova, Irina V.;
Zhang, Weixin;
Cameron, Erin K. and
Eisenhauer, Nico

Subjects:

Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology

ISSN:

0036-8075

Publisher:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lindsey Norgrove

Date Deposited:

19 Nov 2019 09:32

Last Modified:

19 Nov 2019 09:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1126/science.aax4851

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.8776

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/8776

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