Buckland, S.; Burt-Smith, G.; Scott, R.

Biomass data from Sourhope field experiment site, Scotland, 1999-2002 [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]

The data set comprises biomass values and mineral nutrient values from experimental plots located at Sourhope, Scotland. On 5 occasions throughout each of the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 growing seasons, grass cuttings were collected from a 50 x 50 cm cell area from each of the 4 main sub-plots within each of a set of experimental main-plots, and biomass values calculated. In addition, mineral nutrient analysis was carried out for the July 1999 grass cuttings. The work was 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 (now the James Hutton Institute) farm at Sourhope in the Scottish Borders (Grid reference: NT 8545 1963). During the experiment, the site was monitored to assess changes in above-ground biomass production (productivity), species composition and relative abundance (diversity).

The primary aims of the Programme were to achieve simultaneously an understanding of the biological diversity of the soil biota and the functional roles played by soil organisms in key ecological processes. In seeking to achieve these aims, 24 separate research projects were funded to study soil structure, soil processes (such as the carbon and nitrogen cycles) and the roles of micro-fauna and flora (Bacteria, Nematoda, Protozoa and Fungi), microarthropods (including Collembola and Acari), invertebrate root feeders (Tipulid, Bidionid and Scarabeid larvae), meso-fauna (such as Enchytraeidae) and macro-fauna (including Megadrili, Mollusca and Coleoptera).

Publication date: 2017-11-17

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

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You must cite: Buckland, S.; Burt-Smith, G.; Scott, R. (2017). Biomass data from Sourhope field experiment site, Scotland, 1999-2002 [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/1a278fbf-b8b2-472d-9100-5fb432095f63

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1999-06-01    to    2002-09-01

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Website for the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme

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) farm at Sourhope in the Scottish Borders (Grid reference: NT 8545 1963). Data were collected by staff employed by MLURI and were managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Correspondence/contact details

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

Authors

Buckland, S.
Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Burt-Smith, G.
Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Scott, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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
Environment
Keywords
Biodiversity Soil
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities