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Research Article

The Enigma of Soil Animal Species Diversity Revisited: The Role of Small-Scale Heterogeneity

  • Uffe N. Nielsen mail,

    uffe@nrel.colostate.edu

    Affiliations: The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • Graham H. R. Osler,

    Affiliation: The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • Colin D. Campbell,

    Affiliations: The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

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  • Roy Neilson,

    Affiliation: Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, United Kingdom

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  • David F. R. P. Burslem,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • René van der Wal

    Affiliation: Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • Published: July 13, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011567

About the Authors

Uffe N. Nielsen, Graham H. R. Osler, Colin D. Campbell
The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Uffe N. Nielsen, David F. R. P. Burslem
School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Uffe N. Nielsen, René van der Wal
Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Colin D. Campbell
Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Roy Neilson
Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: uffe@nrel.colostate.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: UNN GHRO CC DB RvdW. Performed the experiments: UNN GHRO CC RN DB RvdW. Analyzed the data: UNN. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: UNN GHRO CC RN DB RvdW. Wrote the paper: UNN. Performed the extractions and identification of soil mites and collembolans: UNN. Helped with field work: GHRO CC DB RvdW. Discussed the results and provided comments on the manuscript: GHRO CC RN DB RvdW.