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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Land-use intensification reduces soil macrofauna biomass at the community but not individual level

Yin, Rui; Kardol, Paul; Eisenhauer, Nico; Schadler, Martin


Land-use intensification and climate change are main threats to the abundance and diversity of soil macrofauna. However, little is known about their biomass in response to these concurrent drivers. Here, we investigated the biomass responses of soil macrofauna along a land-use intensity gradient of five land-use regimes (i.e., from extensively-used grassland to conventional cropland) under two climate scenarios (ambient vs. future). We found that land-use intensification (but not climate change) significantly reduced soil macrofauna biomass at the community rather than individual level. Further, the community structure of soil macrofauna based on total biomass data varied with land-use type (i.e., grasslands vs. croplands). Collectively, our findings suggest that land-use intensification can negatively shift the community biomass patterns of soil macrofauna consistently under both ambient and future climates in agroecosystems.


Agroecosystem; Body mass; Climate change; Community biomass; Intensive land use; Soil invertebrate

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Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
2022, volume: 337, article number: 108079
Publisher: ELSEVIER

Authors' information

Yin, Rui
Leipzig University
Yin, Rui
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Eisenhauer, Nico
Leipzig University
Schadler, Martin
Helmholtz Association

UKÄ Subject classification

Soil Science
Climate Research
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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