Journal article

Herbivory of an invasive slug in a model grassland community can be affected by earthworms and mycorrhizal fungi

Raphael Trouve, Thomas Drapela, Thomas Frank, Franz Hadacek, Johann G Zaller

BIOLOGY AND FERTILITY OF SOILS | SPRINGER | Published : 2014

Abstract

Invasion of non-native species is among the top threats for the biodiversity and functioning of native and agricultural ecosystems worldwide. We investigated whether the herbivory of the slug Arion vulgaris (formerly Arion lusitanicus; Gastropoda), that is listed among the 100 worst alien species in Europe, is affected by soil organisms commonly present in terrestrial ecosystems (i.e. earthworms-Annelida: Lumbricidae and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-AMF, Glomerales). We hypothesized that slug herbivory would be affected by soil organisms via altered plant nutrient availability and plant quality. In a greenhouse experiment, we created a simple plant community consisting of a grass, a forb, an..

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Grants

Awarded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF project)


Awarded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Susanne Sochurek for providing the slugs and to Norbert Schuller and Lina Weissengruber for their help in the laboratory and during the harvest. This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF project no. P20171-B16).