Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 611–637, 2021
SOIL, 7, 611–637, 2021

Original research article 09 Sep 2021

Original research article | 09 Sep 2021

The role of ecosystem engineers in shaping the diversity and function of arid soil bacterial communities

Capucine Baubin et al.

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In this paper, we describe changes in desert soil bacterial diversity and function when two ecosystem engineers, shrubs and ant nests, in an arid environment are present. The results show that bacterial activity increases when there are ecosystem engineers and that their impact is non-additive. This is one of a handful of studies that investigated the separate and combined effects of ecosystem engineers on soil bacterial communities investigating both composition and function.