Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
SOIL, 1, 651–664, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-651-2015

Special issue: Advancements in data acquisition for soil erosion studies

SOIL, 1, 651–664, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-651-2015

Original research article 09 Nov 2015

Original research article | 09 Nov 2015

Exploring the linkage between spontaneous grass cover biodiversity and soil degradation in two olive orchard microcatchments with contrasting environmental and management conditions

E. V. Taguas et al.

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Biodiversity indices for spontaneous grass cover were measured in two olive orchards in southern Spain with contrasting site conditions and management to evaluate their potential for biodiversity metrics of soil degradation. Biodiversity indices were relatively high for agricultural areas. No correlation between the biodiversity indicators and soil quality features were observed. The mere use of vegetation presence as a proxy might mask relative intense soil degradation processes.