Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 473–479 | Cite as

Characteristics of soil nematode communities under conditions of woody plant introduction

  • D. S. Kalinkina
  • A. A. Sushchuk
  • E. M. Matveeva


Nematode communities in the rooted soil layer under the crowns of introduced tree species on Valaam Island (Republic of Karelia) have been studied by conventional nematological methods to evaluate their taxonomic diversity, population density, and eco-trophic structure. On the whole, 49 nematode genera have been recorded, with their total abundance varying from 1209 to 2548 ind./100 g soil. The abundance and proportion of plant parasites in the soil nematode assemblage have proved to be higher under introduced trees, compared to natural forest biocenoses.


introduced trees island ecosystems soil nematodes population density natural habitat community structure plant-parasitic nematodes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. S. Kalinkina
    • 1
  • A. A. Sushchuk
    • 1
  • E. M. Matveeva
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biology, Karelian Research CenterRussian Academy of SciencesPetrozavodskRussia

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