Orwin, Kate H. and Wardle, David A. (2004) New indices for quantifying the resistance and resilience of soil biota to exogenous disturbances. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 36 (11). pp. 1907-1912. ISSN 0038-0717Full text not available from this repository.
The stability (resistance and resilience to disturbance) of a soil system is a key factor influencing ecosystem properties and processes. To compare the stability of different systems, it is necessary to have indices that provide a relative quantitative measure of both the resistance and resilience of a response variable in all possible scenarios. However, the indices currently in use are frequently unable to do this, or are difficult to interpret. Here, we present new indices that avoid these problems. We compare our indices with previously published indices of stability, and also test their performance by using a real data set. We show that our indices accurately represent the response of soil properties (e.g. soil microbial biomass) to a disturbance, and that they are capable of determining differences in stability between contrasting soils.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Soil Biology and Biochemistry|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Resistance and resilience index ; Soil stability ; Disturbance and perturbation|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre|
|Deposited By:||Dr Kate Orwin|
|Deposited On:||14 Jul 2008 10:15|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2016 01:02|
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