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EDAPHOBASE - GBIF Database on Soil Zoology
Information System for Taxonomy, Literature und Ecology
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– the database for distribution and ecology of soil organisms –

The soil-zoological information System EDAPHOBASE is a taxonomic-ecological database system, which combines existing taxonomical primary data on soil organisms from collections, scientific literature and reports etc. originating from many research institutes and persons involved in soil zoology. This data is linked at the species level to ecological background information of the species’ sites of occurrence (i.e. geography, soils, habitat type, climate). The data is available to the general public via a web application containing a comprehensive query system, which allows the analysis and evaluation of the data for complex ecological questions of soil-zoological research and monitoring. In general, EDAPHOBASE makes this data comprehensively available for soil-zoological biodiversity research – a unique undertaking within Germany!

The Information system is part of the existing GBIF data structure.

In its second phase applications are developed within Edaphobase for optimised data queries and analysses as well as tools for purposes of nature conservation, especially for evaluation of ecological requirements of soil animal species, or influence of changes in land use on soil biodiversity. To ease access to data programs for data query and evaluation are further enhanced and developed.
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contents and structure of the database

possibilities to search EDAPHOBASE

our associated partners and





FKZ: 01LI1301A

The further development of  E D A P H O B A S E  foresees comprehensive applications of the system within the German National Biodiversity Initiative and projects.

E D A P H O B A S E  will be applied in various practical studies of biodiversity, nature and soil protection. Analyses tools and methodological standards will be developed and incorporated in these studies.

The technologies within  E D A P H O B A S E  will be further developed and the system expanded into a central repository for the mobilization and evaluation of soil-ecological data. Altogether the system will be established as a national service platform for information and data on soil animals.
E D A P H O B A S E   is a joint research project of Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (Prof. Dr. W. Xylander), State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (Dr. H. Höfer), ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH Flörsheim (Dr. J. Römbke), Institute for Environmental Research (Bio V) at RWTH Aachen University (Dr. M. Roß-Nickoll), gaiac Research Institute for Ecosystem Analysis and Assessment Aachen (Dr. A. Toschki), and FU Berlin, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
(Dr. W.G. Berendsohn).

E D A P H O B A S E   is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (funding codes 01LI0901A and 01LI1301A).

Continuation of  E D A P H O B A S E  is ensured by the "Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturkunde" after governmental-funding.
Information in EDAPHOBASE is available on following animal groups:    
Lumbricidae (© J. Jensen) Enchytraeidae (© R. Schmelz) Acrobeles sp. (© Zunke)
Lumbricidae (earthworms) Enchytraeidae (microannelids) Nematoda (threadworms)
Galumna lanceata (© V. Hampe) Neojordensia levis (© Oudemans & Voigts) Xenylla sp. (© D. Russell & G. Alberti)
Oribatida (beetle mites) Gamasina (predatory mites) Collembola (springtails)
Cryptops parisi (© A. Steiner) Ommatoiulus sabulosus (© U. Burkhardt) Trachelipus ratzeburgi (© J. Ewert)
Chilopoda (centipedes) Diplopoda (millipedes) Isopoda (woodlice)
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