Biodiv Sci ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1083-1090.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2018102

Special Issue: 土壤生物与土壤健康

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Forest soil fauna ecology in Northeast China: Review and prospect

Xiuqin Yin1,2,3,*(), Yan Tao2, Haixia Wang2, Chen Ma2, Xinchang Kou2, Huan Xu2, Dong Cui1   

  1. 1 College of Biology and Geography, Yili Normal University, Yining, Xinjiang 835000
    2 School of Geographical Sciences, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024
    3 Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Resource Conservation and Utilization, Changchun 130024
  • Received:2018-04-08 Accepted:2018-07-11 Online:2018-10-20 Published:2019-01-06
  • Contact: Yin Xiuqin
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Soil fauna have a crucial influence on nutrient cycles and energy flows in ecosystems. In recent years, soil fauna ecology has become a hot topic and frontier in ecology, though it has been studied for more than 60 years at the international level. By contrast, in China, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that significant soil fauna ecology studies were performed in the Changbai Mountains. This article summarizes the three periods of soil fauna ecological studies in the forests of northeastern China and reviews the progress made in research in the last decade. Studies from the last decade can be divided into three categories: distribution patterns and diversity, responses to environmental factors, and ecological function. This article provides a reference for further development of soil fauna ecology in the forests of northeastern and other areas of China. Future investigations of soil fauna ecology in the forest of northeastern China should focus on the interaction between soil fauna and microbiota, the responses of soil fauna to global changes, the interaction between aboveground and underground ecosystems, and the application of molecular biology technology in soil biological research.

Key words: soil fauna, distribution patterns and diversity, responses to environmental factors, ecological function, forests of northeastern China