Research on “Effects of Short Rotation Forestry on earthworm community development in the UK” published

This paper was posted on the Forest Ecology and Management website on Monday 4th May. The work was led by Dr N.S.S. Rajapaksha and represents a fruitful co-operation between University of Central Lancashire and Forest Research. Andy Moffat co-supervised the project. One of the most interesting findings was that native earthworms appeared very tolerant to feeding on Eucalyptus leaf litter, a result somewhat unexpected in view of the aromatic nature of Eucalyptus leaves and the well known insect repellency of their oils.

The paper can be downloaded at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2013.04.004