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Quantifying earthworm community structures as indicators of soil health

Code: 9781801461887
Jacqueline L. Stroud, formerly Rothamsted Research, UK

Chapter synopsis: Earthworms are a symbol that farmers use to indicate soil health, but is this an intuitive observation that will lead to sustainable soils? This chapter describes the co-development of an assessment method to the ecological group level (epigeic, endogeic and anecic earthworms) in the UK. The process resulted in a Twitter based #WorldWormWeek initiative, a connective network of organic and conventional farmers and the Rothamsted Research experimental farm between 23 – 31st March 2019. There was an unexplained absence of epigeic (28 % fields) and anecic (18 % fields) earthworms in fields surveyed by UK farmers.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0079.04
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Earthworms, soil health and management 3 Challenges in collecting data on earthworms 4 Developing improved assessment of earthworms 5 Results and discussion 6 Conclusion 7 Where to look for further information 8 References
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