Articles | Volume 17, issue 20
Research article
17 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 17 Oct 2020

Protists and collembolans alter microbial community composition, C dynamics and soil aggregation in simplified consumer–prey systems

Amandine Erktan, Matthias C. Rillig, Andrea Carminati, Alexandre Jousset, and Stefan Scheu


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 May 2020) by Jianming Xu
AR by Amandine Erktan on behalf of the Authors (12 May 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Jun 2020) by Jianming Xu
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (28 Jun 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (14 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (01 Aug 2020) by Jianming Xu
AR by Amandine Erktan on behalf of the Authors (14 Aug 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (27 Aug 2020) by Jianming Xu
Short summary
Soil aggregation is crucial for soil functioning. While the role of bacteria and fungi in soil aggregation is well established, how predators feeding on microbes modify soil aggregation has hardly been investigated. We showed for the first time that protists modify soil aggregation, presumably through changes in the production of bacterial mucilage, and that collembolans reduce soil aggregation, presumably by reducing the abundance of saprotrophic fungi.
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