[Annelida] Granivorous earthworms

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Wed May 26 20:37:04 EST 2010


FYI 

Earthworms as seedling predators. 

BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8694000/8694377.stm

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2010.04.012

Eisenhauer, N.; Butenschoen, O.; Radsick, S.; Scheu, S. (2010). Earthworms as seedling predators: Importance of seeds and seedlings for earthworm nutrition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. In Press, Corrected Proof. 

Actually I thought predation could only be animal on animal, but evidently the test is organism killing or ingesting another organism (not limited to carnivory), and often used for eating discrete detachable plant objects like seeds and fruits that are (potentially) individual organisms

Geoff







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