Biodiversity Science ›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (2): 116-123.doi: 10.1360/biodiv.060289

Special Issue: The Final Frontier: Soil Biodiversity

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The diversity and functions of soil nematodes

Yuanhu Shao1, 2, Shenglei Fu1*   

  1. 1 South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650
    2 Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Online:2007-03-20

This paper introduces the species diversity and the functions of soil nematodes. Nematodes are ubiquitous with diverse feeding behaviors and life strategies. The diversity of feeding behaviors and some intrinsic properties result in the complex biotic interaction between soil nematodes and other soil biota, which greatly affects the ecosystem functions. However, the research on the species diversity of soil nematodes and their ecosystem functions is still inadequate. To understand the role of soil nematodes in the ecosystem requires: (1) the combination of laboratory microcosm study and field mesocosm experiments; and (2) the combination of biodiversity survey and functional analysis of different groups.

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