Addition of earthworms to soils in soil ecological field experiments

Butt, Kevin Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0886-7795 (2009) Addition of earthworms to soils in soil ecological field experiments. Berichte der DBG (nicht begutachtete online Publikation) .

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Over recent decades experiments have been undertaken to reveal the optimum method for introducing earthworms into
soils so the animals have greater chances of survival and are able to produce sustainable populations. This article
describes development of the Earthworm Inoculation Unit (EIU) technique, its advantages over more traditional
introduction methods and how it has been used. EIUs provide the means for sustainable earthworm population development even under harsh soil conditions, such as restored sites.
However, certain circumstances dictate that this technique is not appropriate as digging in the soil/turf is unacceptable. Here more traditional methods can still be
of value.

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