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The effects of ant nests on soil fertility and plant performance : a meta-analysis [Journal of Animal Ecology]

Keywords : ants, ecological engineers, soil disturbance

par Frédéric Magné - publié le , mis à jour le

1.Ants are recognized as one of the major sources of soil disturbance world-wide. However, this view is largely based on isolated studies and qualitative reviews. Here, for the first time, we quantitatively determined whether ant nests affect soil fertility and plant performance, and identified the possible sources of variation of these effects.
2.Using Bayesian mixed-models meta-analysis, we tested the hypotheses that ant effects on soil fertility and plant performance depend on the substrate sampled, ant feeding type, latitude, habitat and the plant response variable measured.(...)

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