The effects of farming practices on earthworm dynamics in olive groves of central Greece

Alexandra D. Solomou, Athanassios I. Sfougaris, Evangelia M. Vavoulidou, Csaba Csuzdi

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Abstract

We compared species richness, species composition, density and biomass of earthworm communities in organically and conventionally managed olive groves in central Greece. Earthworm biomass and density was significantly higher (p<0.05) in organic olive groves than in conventional olive groves. The highest species richness was recorded in the organic olive groves. Six species were recorded in total: Octodrilus complanatus, O. croaticus, Dendrobaena byblica, D. veneta, Aporrectodea caliginosa, and Microscolex phosphoreus. Only four of these were found in conventional olive groves, where D. veneta and M. phosphoreus were absent. The most abundant species were O. complanatus, D. veneta, and D. byblica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalZoology in the Middle East
Volume58
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

Keywords

  • Conventional farming
  • Olea europaea, earthworms
  • Organic farming
  • Soil properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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