Influence of 90-year potato and winter rye monocultures under different fertilisation on soil mites

https://doi.org/10.17221/46/2016-PPSCitation:Gruss I., Twardowski J.P., Hurej M. (2018): Influence of 90-year potato and winter rye monocultures under different fertilisation on soil mites. Plant Protect. Sci., 54: 31-38.
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The influence of the cultivation of a single crop (potato or winter rye) on mite assemblages was evaluated. Both crops were cultivated in a long-term monoculture (90 years). The response of mites to fertilisation treatment (mineral with manure or mineral alone) was also studied. It was hypothesised that the density of mites as a community and the density of particular mite groups are higher in winter rye crop in comparison with potato. Secondly, the fertilisation with manure is more beneficial for mites than the use of mineral fertilisers alone, both in winter rye and potato crops. Results showed significantly higher mite abundance in potato, mainly due to Prostigmata dominance. Oribatida and Gamasida groups were significantly more numerous in winter rye. The fertilisation type, except for the suborder Astigmata, had no significant influence on the mite community.
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