Biodiv Sci ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1060-1073.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2018082

Special Issue: 土壤生物与土壤健康

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Recent progress and future directions of soil nematode ecology in China

Xiaoke Zhang, Wenju Liang, Qi Li*()   

  1. Key Laboratory of Forest Ecology and Management, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016
  • Received:2018-03-20 Accepted:2018-05-17 Online:2018-10-20 Published:2019-01-06
  • Contact: Li Qi
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Investigations into soil nematode ecology mainly focus on the relationship between soil nematode communities and their surrounding environment, both biotic and abiotic. This paper reviews a recent string of publications on soil nematode ecology by scholars in China. Research progress has been made on the distribution, composition, ecological function, diversity and drivers of soil nematode communities, as well as on their relationship with global climate change. Developments in new analysis methods for soil nematode ecology are also reviewed here. The developments in soil nematode ecology in domestic and international studies are compared and analyzed, and then the importance of nationwide monitor network construction is put forward. Future research directions of soil nematode ecology in China are also presented. In conclusion, more studies are needed on soil nematode ecology at a small scale within soil micro-food webs and at a large scale under global climate change, and new related technology and methods should continue to be developed.

Key words: soil nematode diversity, bioindication, global climate change, nematode ecological function