The spatial variation of soil mesofauna ecomorphic structure in artificial forest planting (in Dnipropetrovsk park as example)

O. Zhukov1, O. Kunah2, Ju. Baljuk2

1Dnipropetrovsk State Agrarian University
25, Voroshylov St., Dnipropetrovsk 49000, Ukraine
2Oles Gonchar National University of Dnipropetrovsk
10, Naukova St., corp. 17, Dnipropetrovsk 49000, Ukraine

The results of studying of a spatial variation of ecomorphic structures of soil mesofauna of artificial forest-park planting by methods OMI- and the RLQ-analysis are presented. First two axes of the OMI-analysis have been found to describe 95,23% of inertia that is quite enough, for the description of differentiation of mesofauna ecological niches on investigated range in space of the first two axes. The significant marginality average value (OMI=5,15) =0,01 represents communities that testifies to an important role of the selected variables of environment for structurization of community of soil mesofauna. Result of the RLQ-analysis and the subsequent cluster procedures have been revealed three key functional groups of mesopedobionts and the role of edafic factors in their spatial variation have been established.

Keywords: soil mesofauna, ecological niche, spatial ecology, ecomorphs

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