• Nematode Density and Biomass in an Annual Grassland Ecosystem

      Freckman, D. W.; Duncan, D. A.; Larson, J. R. (Society for Range Management, 1979-11-01)
      The nematode community structure was examined in grazed and ungrazed annual-plant rangeland on the US/IBP Grassland Biome San Joaquin Site located in the foothill-grasslands of central California. Nematode numbers and biomass were estimated from early growth to mature stages of the annual-plant vegetation. Nematode density was greater on the grazed area, predominately forbs, than on the ungrazed, mainly grass, area. A lower than normal precipitation appeared to be a limiting factor of nematode population density. The nematode trophic structure differed between the two sites, fungivores and microbivores predominating on the grazed and ungrazed sites, respectively. Indications are that the critical factors controlling nematode density and community structure on this annual grassland are not grazing but soil moisture and temperature.