The influence of autumn dewfall on spatial and temporal distribution of nematodes in the desert ecosystem

Y. Steinberger, I. Loboda, W. Garner

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Abstract

Study of a single autumn dewfall event showed: rapid diurnal change in soil moisture that was evident to a depth of 30 cm; vertical migration of nematodes that correlates well with changes in soil moisture; density of nematodes under and outside of shrub canopies varied in response to moisture but distribution into trophic groups at the 2 sites was identical; the distribution pattern and behavior of Negev nematodes agrees well with those found in American deserts. Rapid response of desert nematodes to moisture is a significant survival mechanism. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

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