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Differential Impact of Land-Use, Season and Soil Characteristics on the Abundance of Edaphic Springtails (Insecta: Collembola) and Mites (Arachnida: Acari)

Differential Impact of Land-Use, Season and Soil Characteristics on the Abundance of Edaphic Springtails (Insecta: Collembola) and Mites (Arachnida: Acari)

Muhammad Yahya1, Muhammad Afzal1, Muhammad Zeeshan Majeed1*, Imtiaz Sarwar1, Khurram Shehzad2, Muhammad Luqman3 and 
Sher Muhammad Shahzad2

1Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, 40100, Sargodha, Pakistan
2Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, 40100, Sargodha, Pakistan
3Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, 40100, Sargodha, Pakistan

*      Corresponding author: zeeshan.majeed@uos.edu.pk

Fig. 1.

Average population abundance (mean ± S.E.) of edaphic microarthropods in soils of different land-use types in district Sargodha (Punjab, Pakistan) collected in four consecutive seasons.

Fig. 2.

Average annual population abundance (mean ± S.E.) of edaphic microarthropods in soils of different land-use types in district Sargodha (Punjab, Pakistan. For each microarthropod group (springtails and mites), small letters on bar tops represent significant difference among different land-use types (one-way ANOVA; α = 0.05).

Fig. 3.

Average population abundance (mean ± S.E.) of edaphic microarthropods in major land-use categories in district Sargodha (Punjab, Pakistan).

Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 52, Iss. 4, Pages 1225-1630

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