Earthworms as natural capital: ecosystem service providers in agricultural soils
Keith, Aidan M.; Robinson, David A.. 2012 Earthworms as natural capital: ecosystem service providers in agricultural soils. Economology Journal, 2. 91-99.Full text not available from this repository.
The activities of earthworms have wide-ranging impacts on soil-based processes in agricultural systems and play a key role in mediating soil Ecosystem Services. We discuss the effects of earthworms in the context of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Service frameworks and suggest that the broad functional groups of earthworms (Epigeic, Anecic and Endogeic) can be used as Ecosystem Service Provider units. Differences in the relative influence of these functional groups on key soil processes demonstrates their potential utility for monitoring and valuing soil Ecosystem Services under different land management options and highlights that management for particular functional groups could be used to promote specific Ecosystem Services.
|Programmes:||CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.3 - Develop integrated environmental assessments and modelling ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.1 - Develop methods to quantify the link between biodiversity ..
|Additional Information:||Open Access article - click on the Official URL link for full text|
|Additional Keywords:||agro-ecosystem, ecosystem engineer, functional group, Lumbricidae, sustainable agriculture|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Agriculture and Soil Science
Ecology and Environment
|Date made live:||08 Feb 2012 11:06|
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