What could be…and should be in SOIL? http://Springtails What are some characteristics a soil could have to make a good habitat? Write down your ideas, then turn to your neighbor and discuss your thoughts. What is this a picture of? The soil environment: Organisms live in the microscale environments within and between soil particles. Differences over short distances in pH, moisture, pore size, and the types of food available create a broad range of habitats. Species Diversity Richness vs. Evenness Richness: The number of different species in an area. Evenness: The abundance of species in an area in proportion to the total number of individuals in a community. Why is high species diversity in soil necessary or important? What are some examples of ….. Microfauna: Mesofauna: Macrofauna: How do you think the soils that we used for our Berlese funnel are different? What abiotic factors might influence the biota found in the soil? Prediction: 1) What types of organisms will we find in each type of soil? 2) Which soil do you predict will be higher in species richness?
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