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Publication soil biota (earthworm) data from RIVM

Project type: 
Data project
01 / 04 / 2013 to 01 / 11 / 2013

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is at the forefront in the field of monitoring research.

The health of people and the environment are carefully monitored through various monitoring networks. Soil life and ecosystem services from soil life communities are important themes within the biological monitoring programme of the RIVM. It is necessary to understand the role of soil organisms in order to exploit and protect the cycle of nutrients. Which organism does what and what is its impact on the ecosystem services of the soil?

Using the "Bodem Biologische indicator" (BoBi, biological soil indicator), RIVM and Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR) measure soil organisms such as bacteria and earthworms and soil processes such as soil respiration and mineralisation. The measuring sites are part of the "Landelijk Meetnet Bodemkwaliteit" (LMB, national soil quality monitoring network). By taking samples in a 6-year cycle at numerous sampling points, data are collected with respect to the biotic and abiotic characteristics of the different locations. As a first pilot, RIVM publishes earthworm data from this project, using the GBIF infrastructure. In this manner, more than 2.200 measurements of earthworm densities will be made publicly and internationally accessible.