Lumbricus terrestris abundance is not enhanced after three years of compost amendments on a reduced tillage wheat cultivation conversion

Jacqueline L. Stroud*, Daisy Irons, Chris W. Watts, Andrew P. Whitmore

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Abstract

This study compared the abundance of Lumbricus terrestris middens under wheat cultivations treated with 3.5tCha-1 compost (n=15) or farmyard manure (n=15) amendments. The abundance of L. terrestris middens was significantly (p<0.01) greater on the farmyard manure amended plots than the compost or control plots, with a ca. 38% higher midden abundance. These data suggest that compost is a not a good alternative to farmyard manure to improve L. terrestris populations when converting from conventional (plough) to reduced tillage (stubble cultivated) regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-284
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Soil Ecology
Volume98
Early online date27 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Farmyard manure
  • Lumbricus terrestris
  • Midden
  • Minimum tillage

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