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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: The Influence of Arthropods on Ecosystems
Year: 1984
Author(s): Seastedt, T. R., Crossley, D. A.
Source Title: Bioscience
Source Type: Journal
pages: 157-161
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Arthropod interactions with plants and microbes influence the amounts of living and dead organic matter and transfers of nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems. Arthropods in the canopy have their greatest effect on mobile elements such as potassium, whereas soil detritivores influence mineralization rates of less mobile elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium. Nominal (baseline) herbivory and detritivory combine to speed nutrient cycling and reduce standing crops of decaying plant materials