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Appendix C. Effects of warming and plant functional groups on soil fauna and microbes.

Table C1. Effects of warming, the presence/absence of plant functional groups, and interactions between warming and plant functional group presence on soil fauna abundance and microbial community structure.

Source of variation

df

F

P

df

F

P

 

Enchytraeids
(abundance m-2)

Diptera larvae
(abundance m-2)

Warming

1

3.4

0.07

1

4.8

0.03

Shrub presence/absence

1

3.6

0.06

1

1.5

0.22

Graminoid presence/absence

1

0.0

0.99

1

0.0

0.89

Bryophyte presence/absence

1

0.3

0.57

1

0.2

0.65

Warming × shrub

1

1.4

0.25

1

2.7

0.11

Warming × graminoid

1

3.8

0.06

1

2.6

0.11

Warming × bryophyte

1

0.1

0.76

1

0.1

0.81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soil Fungal community

Soil Bacterial Community

Warming

1

0.9

0.63

1

2.2

0.045

Shrub presence/absence

1

2.7

0.001

1

0.9

0.44

Graminoid presence/absence

1

0.6

0.93

1

1.1

0.34

Bryophyte presence/absence

1

1.2

0.21

1

1.0

0.41

Warming × shrub

1

0.8

0.76

1

0.9

0.38

Warming × graminoid

1

0.8

0.70

1

0.8

0.47

Warming × bryophyte

1

0.9

0.68

1

1.7

0.18

P values in bold are statistically significant (P < 0.05).


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