Application of Oribatid mites as indicators

Gergócs, Veronika and Hufnagel, Levente (2009) Application of Oribatid mites as indicators. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 7 (1). pp. 79-98.

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This review discusses the connection between quantitative changes of environmental factors and oribatid communities. With the overview of available studies, it can be clearly explored how various characteristics of Oribatid communities are modified due to changes in moisture, temperature, heavy metal concentration, organic matter content and level of disturbance. The most important question concerning the application of Oribatids as indicators is to clarify what kind of information content does natural Oribatid coenological patterns possess from the aspect of bioindication. Most of the variables listed above can be directly measured, since rapid methods are available to quantify parameters of the soil. Responses of Oribatids are worth to study in a more complex approach. Even now we have an expansive knowledge on how communities change due to modifications of different factors. These pieces of information necessitate the elaboration of such methods which render Oribatid communities suitable for the task to prognosticate what extent the given site can be considered near-natural or degraded, based on the Oribatid composition of a single sample taken from the given area. Answering this problem needs extensive and coordinated work.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:community, bioindication, soil, ecology, coenology
Divisions:Faculty of Horticultural Science > Department of Mathematics and Informatics
Funders:“Bolyai János” Research Fellowship (Hugarian Academy of Sciences), Research Assistant Fellowship Support (Corvinus University of Budapest)
ID Code:1429
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:28 Jan 2014 16:00
Last Modified:28 Jan 2014 16:00

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