Cole, L.; Bardgett, R.D.; Buckland, S.M.

Measurements of microarthropod community structure and diversity from an upland grassland experimental site [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]

Data comprises patterns of diversity in a below-ground community of microarthropods (mites and collembola), measured during a nutrient (calcium and nitrogen) manipulation experiment, located at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Soil Biodiversity Site in Sourhope, Scotland, UK.
Data collected include abundance of microarthropods, and also microbial biomass carbon, soil respiration, wet pH using de-ionised water, soil loss on ignition, dry root biomass, total carbon and nitrogen content of soil and roots and soil moisture content.
The data were collected as a component of the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme, established in 1999 and 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: 2018-10-15

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

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

You must cite: Cole, L.; Bardgett, R.D.; Buckland, S.M. (2018). Measurements of microarthropod community structure and diversity from an upland grassland experimental site [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/fe2ba292-08b0-428c-8e27-8c851a4a8bbc

 

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© The James Hutton Institute

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1999-11-01    to    2000-08-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Website for the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme
Cole, L., Buckland, S. M., & Bardgett, R. D. (2005). Relating microarthropod community structure and diversity to soil fertility manipulations in temperate grassland. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 37(9), 1707-1717.

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. Soil samples were collected by students and staff at the experimental site in 1999 and 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

Cole, L.
Lancaster University
Bardgett, R.D.
Lancaster University
Buckland, S.M.
The Macaulay Research Institute

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 , Biota
Keywords
Biodiversity carbon,  Collembola,  Microarthropods,  microbial biomass carbon,  Mites,  nitrogen,  Scottish borders,  Soil soil moisture,  soil pH,  soil respiration,  Sourhope
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities