Special Issue "Soil Nematodes Research"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.
Interests: free-living nematodes; soil ecology; nematodes as indicators; soil food webs; trophic biomarkers; fatty acids; stable isotopes; biodiversity; soil nutrient cycling; land use
Nematodes are the most abundant metazoa on earth, and their extraordinary high species number makes them third only to insects and mollusks in the animal kingdom. Their great density and trophic diversity across soil ecosystems highlights their functional role, e.g., in nutrient cycling or food web interactions. Nematode community analysis has developed into a powerful tool to broaden our understanding in taxonomic and functional diversity in soil, which is critically important for current ecosystem threads such as climate change or land use. Moreover, the relative magnitudes of the root, bacterial, and fungal soil energy channels are assessed by the trophic structure of the nematode fauna. Finally, metabolic footprints unify functional diversity and body-mass distribution of nematodes, providing metrics for ecosystem services. Compared with their key role in soils, the taxonomic and ecological expertise in this group of small roundworms is far less developed. This calls for connecting the various studies in soil nematode ecology, to make considerable progress in both basic and applied areas.
This Special Issue provides a platform to highlight new research and significant advances in the understanding of soil nematode diversity and function. This comprises, e.g., standardization of methods to assess nematode community structure as well as laboratory experiments aiming for a mechanistic understanding of species functions and community composition. Moreover, environmental surveys are invited determining the influence of functional composition and functional diversity on ecosystem processes by classic morphological as well as molecular or biochemical approaches. In the context of ecosystem services and soil health, biomass and metabolic activity of species are further meaningful measures. In a nutshell, all kind of studies are welcome considering nematodes as a key biological component in soil ecosystems.
Prof. Dr. Liliane Ruess
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- Soil nematodes
- Functional role
- Food webs
- Metabolic footprints
- Soil energy and carbon pathways
- Green and brown food chain
- Ecosystem services
- Soil health