Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 45, Issue 8, pp 839–844 | Cite as

Cast production and NIR spectral signatures of Aporrectodea caliginosa fed soil with different amounts of half-decomposed Populus nigra litter

  • Chi Zhang
  • Romain Langlest
  • Elena Velasquez
  • Anne Pando
  • Didier Brunet
  • Jun Dai
  • Patrick Lavelle
Original Paper


Sub-adult individuals of Aporrectodea caliginosa were incubated for 16 weeks under laboratory cultures in a soil treated with 0%, 10% or 50% of a Populus nigra half-decomposed leaves, respectively. Growth was maximum in the 50% organic matter treatment and cocoon production occurred. Average soil ingestion rates decreased from 1.56 g/g−1 fresh weight of worm per day−1 in control soil to 1.17 and 0.5 g, respectively, in treatments with 10% and 50% half-decomposed litter. Surface casts never comprised more than 10% of total cast production. Near-infrared spectrometry (NIRS)signatures of digested and non-ingested soil significantly differed and showed a rather constant effect of digestion, independent of the organic matter content (p < 0.01). These results confirm the value of NIRS spectral signatures as indicators of the origin of soil aggregates and biological processes involved in soil aggregation.


Earthworm casts NIR spectral signature Soil macroaggregates Aporrectodea caliginosa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chi Zhang
    • 1
  • Romain Langlest
    • 2
    • 5
  • Elena Velasquez
    • 4
    • 5
  • Anne Pando
    • 2
    • 5
  • Didier Brunet
    • 6
  • Jun Dai
    • 1
  • Patrick Lavelle
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Natural Resources and EnvironmentSouth China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.UMR BIOEMCO, IRDUniversité de Paris 6Bondy CedexFrance
  3. 3.UMR BIOEMCO, IRDUniversité de Paris 6CaliColombia
  4. 4.Sede PalmiraUniversidad Nacional de Colombia PalmiraValleColombia
  5. 5.TSBF Institute of CIATCaliColombia
  6. 6.UR SeqBioIRD/MOSTMontpellier Cedex 5France

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