Black, H.I.J. et al

Enchytraeid worm abundance and delta 13C cholesterol data from Sourhope field experiment site, Scotland, 2000 [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]

This dataset comprises enchytraeid worm abundance and Delta 13C values from enchytraeid cholesterol. The data were collected as a component of the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme, consisting of a one year study of the diversity and activity of Enchytraeid worms, small relatives of the earthworm. These worms are very common in upland soils and often outweigh all other fauna, including sheep. The project focused on investigating the importance of Enchytraeid species, or group diversity, in maintaining soil carbon cycling.
The NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme was established in 1999 and was centred upon the intensive study of a large field experiment located at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (now the James Hutton Institute)’s farm at Sourhope in the Scottish Borders. During this time, the site was monitored to assess changes in aboveground biomass production (productivity), species composition and relative abundance (diversity).

Publication date: 2018-03-15

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Black, H.I.J.; Piertney, S.B.; Macdonald, C.; Standen, V.; Bull, I.D.; Evershed, R.P.; Chaplow, J.S.; Thompson, A.M. (2018). Enchytraeid worm abundance and delta 13C cholesterol data from Sourhope field experiment site, Scotland, 2000 [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/0a443a55-28b6-4d82-9042-5a35bfdbebe0

 

© 2018 University of Aberdeen

© 2018 University of Durham

© 2018 University of Bristol

© Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council)

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2000-07-03    to    2000-10-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Usher, M.B., Sier, A.R., Hornung, M. and Millard, P., 2006. Understanding biological diversity in soil: the UK's Soil Biodiversity Research Programme. Applied Soil Ecology, 33(2), pp.101-113.

Provenance & quality

Data were collected as part of the NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme, which was established in 1999 and was centred upon the intensive study of a large field experiment located at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI) (now the James Hutton Institute)’s farm at Sourhope in the Scottish Borders (Grid reference: NT8545019630). Soil samples were collected by students and staff at the experimental site in 2000 before being processed according to standard protocols. Data were then transferred to the programme data manager at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Andy Sier
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Black, H.I.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Piertney, S.B.
University of Aberdeen
Macdonald, C.
University of Aberdeen
Standen, V.
University of Durham
Bull, I.D.
University of Bristol
Evershed, R.P.
University of Bristol
Chaplow, J.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Thompson, A.M.
University of Durham

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Keywords
Biodiversity Enchytraieds,  Scottish borders,  Soil Sourhope,  Worms