Vegetation Indicates Diversity of Soil Macroinvertebrates: A Case Study with Termites along A Land-Use Intensification Gradient in Lowland Sumatra.

TitleVegetation Indicates Diversity of Soil Macroinvertebrates: A Case Study with Termites along A Land-Use Intensification Gradient in Lowland Sumatra.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsGillison A, Jones D, Susilo F, Bignell D
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org, andy.gillison@austarnet.com.au
JournalOrganisms Diversity & Evolution
Volume2
Issue2
Start Page111
Pagination111-126
Date PublishedJune 2003
ISSN1439-6092
Keywordsacid soils, micro inverterbrates, plant species, Sumatra, Termites
AbstractMacroinvertebrates have an important role in the maintenance of soil structural stability and fertility in many natural and man-modified habitats. Efficient cataloging of these animals, as a part of rapid biodiversity assessments, is hampered by high species richness, inherent inaccessibility and a strong tendency towards aggregated distribution. Current debate concerning the relative merits of transects (rapid, but at best semi-quantitative) and alternative sampling approaches such as grid-based or randomized placements of monoliths or cores (labor intensive, but statistically preferable) has initiated a search for satisfactory indicator groups or surrogates of below ground faunal diversity. Here, we use well-characterized, forest-derived plant and termite assemblages to show there can be a key role for plant indicators. We cataloged all vascular plant species, plant functional attributes (PFAs), plant functional types (PFTs), and vegetational structure in seven I BOY-designated sites along a gradient of disturbance and land-use intensification in lowland Sumatra, using a rapid survey protocol.
URLhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/urban/601/2003/00000003/00000002/art00007
DOI10.1078/1439-6092-00072