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Small-scale observation on the effects of burrowing activities of ants on soil hydraulic processes
Li, T. C.1; Shao, M. A.1,2; Jia, Y. H.3; Jia, X. X.1; Huang, L. M.1; Gan, M.3
2019-03-01
Source PublicationEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE
ISSN1351-0754
Volume70Issue:2Pages:236-244
Corresponding AuthorShao, M. A.(mashao@ms.iswc.ac.cn)
AbstractAnts alter soil structure when making their nests and the fresh soil aggregates brought to the surface become available for erosion. However, the effects of burrowing activities of ants on soil hydrological processes are unclear. In this study, the effects of Tetramorium caespitum, Messor aciculatus and Camponotus japonicus nests on the preferential flow and soil surface hydrologic processes at a small scale were assessed on the Loess Plateau. Soil dyeing and rainfall simulation experiments were conducted to quantify the effects of ants' nests on runoff and water infiltration on slopes. The diameters of nest entrances for T. caespitum, M. aciculatus and C. japonicus were 0.19, 0.33 and 0.56 cm, respectively. The nests of M. aciculatus and C. japonicus promoted water infiltration, resulted in large soil water contents and decreased surface runoff. The turret-like mounds around the nest entrances made by T. caespitum prevented the formation of soil preferential flow. The depths of dyeing in the soil with M. aciculatus and C. japonicus nests were 32.6 and 49.2 cm, respectively, which were significantly (P < 0.05) deeper than those in the soil with T. caespitum nests (10.0 cm) and no nest (10.3 cm). The unstable soil aggregates made by ants on the soil surface break down easily and encourage the loss of soil sediment. The results show that increasing the ant colonies, especially those with larger bodies, could be considered a strategy to increase water infiltration and soil water content in semiarid areas. In the meantime, the sediment loss cannot be neglected. Highlights
DOI10.1111/ejss.12748
WOS KeywordLOESS PLATEAU ; WATER ; INFILTRATION ; EARTHWORMS ; HYDROLOGY ; EROSION ; NESTS ; SPP.
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41807011] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41571130081] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41571221] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41390463]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaAgriculture
WOS SubjectSoil Science
WOS IDWOS:000462245500003
PublisherWILEY
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/48584
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorShao, M. A.
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Ecosyst Network Observat & Modeling, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Resources & Environm, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
3.Shenyang Agr Univ, Coll Water Conservancy, Shenyang 110866, Liaoning, Peoples R China
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Li, T. C.,Shao, M. A.,Jia, Y. H.,et al. Small-scale observation on the effects of burrowing activities of ants on soil hydraulic processes[J]. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE,2019,70(2):236-244.
APA Li, T. C.,Shao, M. A.,Jia, Y. H.,Jia, X. X.,Huang, L. M.,&Gan, M..(2019).Small-scale observation on the effects of burrowing activities of ants on soil hydraulic processes.EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE,70(2),236-244.
MLA Li, T. C.,et al."Small-scale observation on the effects of burrowing activities of ants on soil hydraulic processes".EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE 70.2(2019):236-244.
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