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Protozoan pulses unveil their pivotal position within the soil food web.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21990016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Protozoa are one of the most abundant groups of bacterivores within the soil and are responsible for mineralisation of bacterial biomass, having a large impact on C and N cycling. Little is known of their contribution to soil nutrient transfers or the identity of their consumers. Here, for the first time indigenous flagellates and ciliates, enriched to 83 atom% for (13)C and 10 atom% for (15)N, were introduced to soil cores from two different land managements, grassland and woodland with the same soil type, to trace the flow of protozoan C and N through the soil food web. Nematodes, Collembola, earthworms and insect larvae obtained the greatest amounts of C and N of protozoan origin, either through direct consumption or uptake of biomass post-cell death. Our results show that changes in management, affect the functioning of the soil food web and the utilisation of protozoa as a food source.
Felicity V Crotty; Sina M Adl; Rod P Blackshaw; Philip J Murray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Microbial ecology     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1432-184X     ISO Abbreviation:  Microb. Ecol.     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-09     Completed Date:  2012-12-03     Revised Date:  2014-10-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7500663     Medline TA:  Microb Ecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  905-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arthropods / physiology
Ciliophora / physiology*
Eukaryota / physiology*
Food Chain*
Insects / physiology*
Nematoda / physiology*
Oligochaeta / physiology
Soil / parasitology*
Grant Support
BBS/E/C/00005740//Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; BBS/E/C/00005741//Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; //Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
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