Cole, L.; Staddon, P.L.; Sleep, D.; Bardgett, R.D.

Plant biomass, soil conditions and stable isotope concentrations in soil, roots and shoots from a microcosm experiment [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]

Data collected include: plant (shoot and root) biomass, a range of soil conditions including mycorrhizal abundance, microbial biomass carbon & nitrogen, soil extractable ammonia, soil extractable nitrate, soil extractable phosphate, total nitrogen content of soil and the presence of selected mite and collembolan species, and measurements associated with stable isotopes (ratio of isotopes of nitrogen in soil, roots and shoots, total carbon content of roots and shoots, ratio of isotopes of carbon in roots, total nitrogen content of fumigated and non-fumigated acid traps, ratio of isotopes of nitrogen in fumigated and non-fumigated acid traps).
These data were collected from a laboratory-based study that examined a range of soil properties to investigate the relationship between microarthropods and soil microbial properties and the short-term partitioning of a dual-labelled organic nitrogen source (glycine-2-13C-15N) between a grassland plant, Agrostis capillaris, and the soil microbial biomass, to determine how soil fauna and their diversity influence plant-microbial competition for organic N.
The experiment was carried out at Lancaster University using soil from the NERC Soil Biodiversity site in Scotland. 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. During the programme, the site was monitored to assess changes in above-ground biomass production (productivity), species composition and relative abundance (diversity).

Publication date: 2018-10-10

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

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You must cite: Cole, L.; Staddon, P.L.; Sleep, D.; Bardgett, R.D. (2018). Plant biomass, soil conditions and stable isotope concentrations in soil, roots and shoots from a microcosm experiment [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/e3c79781-09af-4c4f-b6ad-b0bc323e203f

 

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© Riso National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark

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

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2002-03-04    to    2002-04-30

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Website for the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme
Cole, L., Staddon, P. L., Sleep, D., & Bardgett, R. D. (2004). Soil animals influence microbial abundance, but not plant–microbial competition for soil organic nitrogen. Functional Ecology, 18(5), 631-640.

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). These data were collected from an experimental microcosm facility using soil from the Sourhope site. Data were collected by students and staff from Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, following defined protocols. Data from the programme were managed by 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

Cole, L.
Lancaster University
Staddon, P.L.
Riso National Laboratory, Denmark
Sleep, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bardgett, R.D.
Lancaster University

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
microarthropods,  microbial biomass,  roots,  shoots,  soil biodiversity,  soil fauna,  stable isotope concentrations
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities