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Evaluation of edaphic macro fauna as potential bio-indicator of soil quality in urban forests remnants in São Paulo city - Cientec, Cantareira and Jaraguá Parks

Grant number: 13/17014-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2014
Effective date (End): June 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Physical Geography
Principal researcher:Déborah de Oliveira
Grantee:Natália Nunes Patucci
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Soil quality is related to the functioning and structure and is measured by physical and chemical indicators, as well as by bodies embedded in it, which play the most varied ecological functions. The diversity of soil macrofauna in ecosystems can be affected by many factors, precisely because these organisms are susceptible to induced or natural environmental changes.The research aims to assess environmental sustainability in soils of urban forest fragments in São Paulo, using the macro edaphic fauna as an indicator of quality considering their types and functions, as well as interpreting its role as an active agent in the genesis and morphology of surface horizons.Two combining sampling will be performed, one in the rainy season and the other during the dry season, with the aim of measuring the diversity and adaptation of populations according to variations in temperature, humidity, sunshine, influence of vegetation, soil genesis and gradient topographical. Invertebrates associated soil interface - litter will be captured through pitfall traps will be evaluated taxonomically and measured by means of the test abundance, dominance and multivariate analysis.

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PATUCCI, Natália Nunes. Study of soil fauna as quality bioindicator in urban forest fragments. 2015. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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