Oribatid mites (Acari : Oribatida) in microcosms-A review

Hufnagel, Levente and Gergócs, Veronika (2011) Oribatid mites (Acari : Oribatida) in microcosms-A review. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 9 (4). pp. 355-368.

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Oribatid mites are one of the most abundant and species rich group in soil mesofauna. In spite of this, we have limited knowledge on the role they play in ecological processes. Since they are small like other mesofauna members and live a hidden life, their observation is difficult. Their life style, interactions with other organisms and role in soil decomposition processes can be investigated with laboratory experiments more exactly and effectively. While the literature of microcosm studies is very extensive, relatively few review papers have been written about the methodology of microcosm studies. The present review summarizes details of techniques that have been applied laboratory microcosms involving oribatid mites. It is shown what one should keep in mind in planning, composing and setting up a microcosm. Our comparative evaluation reveals how the laboratory experiments were maintained and manipulated and what kind of information was extracted. This methodological review can be useful in preparing microcosm experiments applied to other animal groups as well.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ecosystem, community ecology, microcosms, mesofauna, soil ecology, methodology
Divisions:Faculty of Horticultural Science > Department of Mathematics and Informatics
Funders:Bolyai János Research Scholarship, „ALÖKI” Applied Ecological Research and Forensic Institute Ltd.
Projects:TÁMOP 4.2.1/B-09/1/KMR-2010-0005
ID Code:1480
Deposited By: Z. S.
Deposited On:07 Mar 2014 16:09
Last Modified:07 Mar 2014 16:09

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