Compost application and the interaction between compost-and native soil fauna: nematodes as indicator of biological compost maturity and soil food web processes.

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Soil sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
compost next generation sequencing Nematodes fungivore ecology Maturity Index (MI) predator soil soil food web fungivore/bacterivore ratio bacterivore
Project description

Experiments will elucidate whether thoroughly characterized composts, differentiated based on their nematode communities, have different effects on soil properties and nematode assemblages. An ecometagenetics approach will distinguish between compost- and native assemblages and reveal if the nematodes in compost directly contribute to the nematode community in the soil vs. that observed effects are due to the overall stimulation of the soil fauna.