Temperature and precipitation affect seasonal changes in mite communities (Acari: Mesostigmata) in decomposing litter of broadleaved and coniferous temperate tree species

Key message

We identified the effect of microclimatic conditions on soil mite communities (Mesostigmata) during the decomposition of broadleaved and coniferous litter. The abundance, species richness, and diversity of mite communities decreased from spring to autumn regardless of litter quality and was related to changes in temperature and precipitation.

Keywords
Mesostigmatid mite assemblages; Leaf litter; Coniferous forests; Seasonal changes; Tree species effect; Soil invertebrates

Publication
Kamczyc, J., Dyderski, M.K., Horodecki, P. et al. Temperature and precipitation affect seasonal changes in mite communities (Acari: Mesostigmata) in decomposing litter of broadleaved and coniferous temperate tree species. Annals of Forest Science 79, 12 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-022-01129-9

Data and/or Code availability
Data generated or analyzed during this study are deposited in public repository:
https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.18972998

Handling Editor
Aurélien Sallé

 

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