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    Author(s): Michelle B. Lakly; D.A. Crossley
    Date: 2000
    Source: Experimental and Applied Acarology 24: 135-140, 2000.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Soil microarthropods constitute one of the most species rich communities in . forest ecosystems (Crossley & Blair, 1991). The effects of soil fauna in these systems on decomposition rates, nutrient regeneration and soil structure have been well documented; however, dependable estimates of population size and community structure largely depend upon adequate sampling (Anderson, 1988; Seastedt & Crossley, 1988). Problems inherent in sampling microarthropods include their patchy distribution, large abundance and minute size. In practice, microarthropod sampling involves collection of leaf litter or soil which is returned to the laboratory for extraction by one of two methods: flotation or Tullgren extraction.

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    Lakly, Michelle B.; Crossley, D.A., Jr. 2000. Dullgren extraction of soil mites (Acarina): Effect of refrigeration time on extraction efficiency. Experimental and Applied Acarology 24: 135-140, 2000.

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