Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-9-461-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-9-461-2023
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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

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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.