Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Original research article
29 Aug 2023
Original research article |  | 29 Aug 2023

Earthworm-invaded boreal forest soils harbour distinct microbial communities

Justine Lejoly, Sylvie Quideau, Jérôme Laganière, Justine Karst, Christine Martineau, Mathew Swallow, Charlotte Norris, and Abdul Samad


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1351', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Feb 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Justine Lejoly, 26 Apr 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1351', Anonymous Referee #2, 18 Mar 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Justine Lejoly, 26 Apr 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Revision (17 May 2023) by Elizabeth Bach
AR by Justine Lejoly on behalf of the Authors (09 Jun 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (20 Jun 2023) by Elizabeth Bach
ED: Publish as is (18 Jul 2023) by Jeanette Whitaker (Executive editor)
AR by Justine Lejoly on behalf of the Authors (19 Jul 2023)
Short summary
Earthworm invasion in North American forests can alter soil functioning. We investigated how the presence of invasive earthworms affected microbial communities, key drivers of soil biogeochemistry, across the major soil types of the Canadian boreal forest, which is a region largely understudied. Although total microbial biomass did not change, community composition shifted in earthworm-invaded mineral soils, where we also found higher fungal biomass and greater microbial species diversity.