The Effect of Fire Disturbance on Oribatid Mite Communities

Murvanidze, M. and Arabuli, T. and Kvavadze, E. and Mumladze, Levan (2008) The Effect of Fire Disturbance on Oribatid Mite Communities. In: Integrative Acarology: Proceedings of the 6th European Congress, 2008, Montpellier.

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The effect of fire disturbance on the composition of oribatid mite communities was studied in riv. Vere canyon (Tbilisi, Georgia). Oribatid mites in a severely burnt shrub area and a less severely burnt artificial pine forest were investigated. Two unburnt sites were used as controls. 105 species were registered. Graptoppia paraanalis was new for Caucasian fauna. Analyses showed an increase of species dominance corresponding to an increase in mite density and the recovery of plant cover. The recovery of oribatid mite fauna was slower in the severely burnt shrub‐strand than in the less severely burnt pine forest. Our research suggest that season, fire intensity, post‐ fire age and soil characteristics (pH, humidity, humus) all likely influence the composition of oribatid mite communities, supporting their use as indicators of environmental quality

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > Ecology
Divisions: Institutes > Institute of Ecology
Depositing User: Dr ლევან მუმლაძე
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 07:28
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 07:28

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