Earthworms Coordinate Soil Biota to Improve Multiple Ecosystem Functions

Ting Liu, Xiaoyun Chen, Xin Gong, Ingrid M. Lubbers, Yangyang Jiang, Wen Feng, Xianping Li, Joann K. Whalen, Michael Bonkowski, Bryan S. Griffiths, Feng Hu, Manqiang Liu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Liu et al. study a 13-year-old field experiment to show that earthworms are beneficial to agroecosystems from a multifunctional perspective. This work incorporates the concerns of negative effects of earthworms in recently published syntheses and highlights the potential pathways in which earthworms contribute to sustainable agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3420-3429.e5
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number20
Early online date3 Oct 2019
Publication statusPrint publication - 21 Oct 2019

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  • bacterial-dominated channel
  • earthworm
  • ecosystem engineer
  • ecosystem service
  • soil fauna
  • soil microbe
  • sustainable agriculture


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