Table 5 Relationship between rotifer and tardigrade abundance in soil blocks (total in 20 × 20 × 20 cm) and soil and plant parameters

From: Plant, soil and faunal responses to a contrived pH gradient

  Total Abundance (100 g DWE)
Rotifers Tardigrades
Mean (n = 10) ± S.E.
  Control 12.0 ± 5.4a 1.2 ± 0.8a
  Elemental Sulphur 10.8 ± 3.9a 1.2 ± 0.6a
  Ferrous Sulphate 8.9 ± 1.8a 1.3 ± 0.6a
Spearman’s rank correlation
  Soil pH
  Soil Fe −0.462
  Soil Mg 0.371
  Plant Tissue Al −0.480
  Plant Tissue Fe −0.443
  Plant Tissue K 0.498
  Root Biomass −0.336
  1. Treatments with the same prefix letter in the same column indicates no significant difference according to Kruskal-Wallis and Bonferroni post-hoc testing (p > 0.05 Spearman’s rank order correlations were calculated for all plant biomass, plant and soil chemistry variables against rotifer and tardigrade abundance but only variables that have a significant correlation (p < 0.05) are shown