Year 3 - Developing Indicators of Soil Productivity, Function and Biodiversity through Soil Biotic Communities
Project Reference Number: 2008-08
Project Status: Complete
Led by: Marty Kranabetter, Soil Scientist, Ministry of Forests and Range, VictoriaBill Borrett, MoF, Smithers; Jodi Friesen, New Hazelton; Sharmin Gamiet, Abbotsford; Erin Havard, MoF, Smithers; Paul Kroeger, Vancouver; Marcel Lavigne, Smithers, Will MacKenzie, MoF, Smithers; Ken White, MoF, Smithers; Patrick Williston, Smithers
Funder: Forest Investment Account - Forest Science Program
Soil indicators require better characterization of biotic communities across sites representing full gradients in ecosystem productivity. Information on species distribution and community composition is also essential in providing unambiguous indicators across spatial scales. The study will identify soil species indicative of soil fertility and test the similarity and uniqueness of soil ecosystems across site series. The research will allow for a more complete biodiversity inventory, and will allow further ecological studies of soil biota and site productivity.
- Complete final year of soil fauna and epigeous ectomycorrhizal sporocarp surveys and taxonomic resolution (including molecular techniques).
- Collect nutrition data to supplement biological relevance of patterns in species distribution across productivity gradients.
- Prepare manuscripts on ectomycorrhizal fungal communities, soil faunal communities and plant guild relationships across site productivity gradients.
For copies of any of the publications listed below please contact Marty Kranabetter.