AlpSoil

Ecology and trophic structure of the Alpine soil macrofauna

AlpSoil

Alpine soil ecosystems and their invertebrate inhabitants are the main focus of the AlpSoil project. Semi-natural grasslands, widespread in the Alps, suffer from many environmental and socio-economic changes such as climate change and abandonment of traditional land-use. Soil invertebrates of Alpine ecosystems play a crucial role in litter decomposition, nutrient cycling, and pedogenesis, and thus may contribute to the resistance against natural hazards, but little is still known about their species composition and trophic structure. We employ a broad sampling approach along elevation and land-use gradients to analyze the community composition and structure of soil invertebrates as well as links with their abiotic and biotic environment. We use traditional methods such as pitfall traps and heat-extraction of soil animals as well as modern methods such as stable isotopes and molecular techniques.

Partner
University of Freiburg
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Laimburg Research Centre
Universität Göttingen
University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Biology
Charles University

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Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Soil Survey© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
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Filippo Colla

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Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol

Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol

Duration: December 2018 - July 2021Funding:
Internal funding EURAC (Project)

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