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Litter decomposition driven by soil fauna, plant diversity and soil management in urban gardens

Tresch, Simon; Frey, David; Le Bayon, Renée-Claire; Zanetta, Andrea; Rasche, Frank; Fliessbach, Andreas and Moretti, Marco (2019) Litter decomposition driven by soil fauna, plant diversity and soil management in urban gardens. Science of The Total Environment, 658, pp. 1614-1629.

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In the face of growing urban densification, green spaces in cities, such as gardens, are increasingly important for biodiversity and ecosystem services. However, the influences of urban green space management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships is poorly understood. We investigated the relationship between soil fauna and litter decomposition in 170 urban garden sites along a gradient of urbanisation intensity in the city of Zurich, CH.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Urban gardening, Litter bag decomposition, Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning (BEF), Urban ecosystem services, Urban soil biodiversity, MidDRIFTS Analysis, Urban warming
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil
Germany > University of Hohenheim
Switzerland > Other organizations
Deposited By: Fließbach, Dr. Andreas
ID Code:34339
Deposited On:22 Jan 2019 12:32
Last Modified:19 May 2021 14:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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