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Functional and Taxonomic Diversity of Collembola as Complementary Tools to Assess Land Use Effects on Soils Biodiversity

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  • Sophie Joimel, Universite Paris-Saclay
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  • Christophe Schwartz, Universite de Lorraine
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  • Jonathan Bonfanti, Universite de Montpellier
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  • Mickael Hedde, Universite de Montpellier
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  • Paul Henning Krogh
  • Guénola Peres, Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture
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  • Céline Pernin, Université de Lille
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  • Alain Rakoto, Universite de Lorraine
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  • Sandrine Salmon, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
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  • Lucia Santorufo, University of Naples Federico II
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  • Jérôme Cortet, Universite de Montpellier
Collembola have been proposed for several decades as a good organism’s model to survey soil biodiversity; but most of the studies focused on taxonomic endpoints. The main objectives of this study are to compare the effects of the different land uses, including urban and industrial land uses, while using both collembolan functional and taxonomic biodiversity approaches.
We collected data on 3056 samples of Collembola communities across 758 sites in various land uses throughout France. The types of land use considered included all types of human activity from forestry to urban, industrial, traffic, mining and military areas, agricultural grassland, arable land, vineyards and urban vegetable gardens. In order to study functional and taxonomic biodiversity, we used community-weighted means, functional indices, species richness and density.
When looking at collembolan functional diversity, urban and industrial soils appear clearly less diversified than when considering the taxonomic diversity. We suspect here a functional homogenization effect commonly reported in the literature for various organisms in urban ecosystems.
Our study provides range of values for different taxonomic and functional indices of Collembola communities in a wide land use classification across France.
Original languageEnglish
Article number630919
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2021

    Research areas

  • agricultural land use, functional trait, soil survey, urban homogenization, urban land use

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