Oral Presenter in The 2nd UGSAS-GU Rountable & Symposium 2013, at The United Graduate School of Agriculture Science, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan

Subject:
“Oral Presenter in The 2nd UGSAS-GU Rountable & Symposium 2013, at The United Graduate School of Agriculture Science, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan”
Date:
July 2 to 4, 2013
Title:
“EARTHWORMS DIVERSITY AND THEIR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES”

Abstract:
Biodiversity affects human well-being as an essential determinant driving the stability of the ecosystem, but the important role of below-ground biodiversity has not received much attention, especially earthworm. Earthworms diversity are the most important soil macrofauna, and they play a crucial role in various biological processes in the soil, thus affect ecosystem services such as soil health and productivity, water regulation, restoration of degraded lands, and the balance of greenhouse gases. Anthropogenic activity can lead to decrease or loss of earthworm diversity rapidly, and threaten the ecosystem services and human well-being. Earthworm diversity conservation is urgently needed. Knowledge of the importance to conserve earthworm’s diversity for farmers’ benefits needs to share. Local ecological knowledge is required for communication between scientists and local farmers, and it is important to develop strategies for earthworms diversity conservation. This paper is intended to communicate that conservation of earthworms diversity is necessary, and it should involve all stakeholders, done wisely and comprehensively to prevent decreasing earthworm diversity and ecosystem services quickly. Information sharing about earthworms diversity conservation will benefit farmers.

Keywords: earthworm, diversity, ecosystem services, threat.

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