New Invaders to Hardwood Forests: Discovering Jumping Worms (Amynthas) at the Lillian Anderson Arboretum
Earthworms are considered beneficial in gardening, farming and composting but can have devastating effects on forest ecosystems. All earthworms in the Great Lakes area are nonnative originating from Europe or most recently Asia. Earthworms in forests can rid areas of nutrients by eating through all the organic matter. Replacing native flora and fauna. Jumping worms (Amynthas) are a new concern due to spreading rapidly, reproduction and having no natural predators. The purpose of this research is to find the diversity, abundance and distribution of Earthworms in the Lillian Anderson Arboretum. Looked into the differences between Amynthas genus and Lumbricus genus of worms by testing litter depth and type, soil pH, soil moisture, and soil temperature.
1 Broadside. 48"W x 36"H
Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College
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