Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz


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"Chicken Creek"

Primary succession

Versuchsfläche "Hühnerwasser"Together with the Technical University of Cottbus in the Transregio Special Research Area 38 of the German Science Foundation, the spatio-temporal colonization dynamics of soil microarthropods are being studied in a 6-ha experimental initial ecosystem since 2005. The new soils were inhabited by microarthropods already within the first months of site initiation. The Section Mesofauna is studying the temporal sequence of species additions, the population development of species already present and their spatial distributional dynamics within the site as well as the spatio-temporal community assembly during primary succession. Beyond the dependence of these processes on the simultaneously developing vegetation and soils, the research is focusing on the dependence of assembly processes on the ecological requirements of primary colonizing taxa as well as the temporal development of the various trophic levels of the soil food web.