Pedosphere 31(3): 373--374, 2021
ISSN 1002-0160/CN 32-1315/P
©2021 Soil Science Society of China
Published by Elsevier B.V. and Science Press
Earthworms in soil ecology and organic waste management
Yinsheng LI1, Zhenjun SUN2, Feng HU3, Kevin BUTT4, Joann WHALEN5
1School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)
2College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University, Beijing 100083 (China)
3College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China)
4School of Natural Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE (UK)
5Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Quebec H9X 3V9 (Canada)
      Earthworms are important members of the soil macrofauna. Since C. Darwin (1881) described the important function of earthworms in pedogenesis and in maintenance of soil fertility, there has been continual interest in studying earthworm biology and ecology. Most of the attention in such studies is on earthworm functions in soil nutrient recycling. However, with increasing concerns about the environment, studies using earthworms to mediate organic waste treatment and as an indicator of soil pollution and remediation strategies have grown rapidly in recent years. It is under these circumstances that the 1st International Earthworm Congress (IEC1) was held on June 24–29, 2018 in Shanghai, China. This congress joined the 11th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology (ISEE 11), the 8th International Oligochaeta Taxonomy Meeting (IOTM 8), and the 1st International Earthworm Industry Forum (IEIF 1). It was the first joint meeting of these organizations, and thus many aspects of earthworm research were presented. This special issue includes 12 independent peer-reviewed papers selected as examples of the IEC1 achievements and results, mainly concerned with the relationships of earthworms in soil ecology and organic waste management.
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Citation: Yinsheng, L., Zhenjun, S., Feng, H., Kevin, B. and Joann, W. 2021. Earthworms in soil ecology and organic waste management. Pedosphere. 31(3): 373-374.
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