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All publications of “Álvaro Luiz Mafra”

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Morphological Diversity of Springtails in Land Use Systems

Marcielli Aparecida Borges dos Santos, Luís Carlos Iuñes de Oliveira Filho, Pâmela Niederauer Pompeo, Danielle Cristina Ortiz, Álvaro Luiz Mafra, Osmar Klauberg Filho, [...]


ABSTRACT: Springtails (Collembola) are soil organisms with wide morphological diversity and are sensitive to alterations in the soil, regardless of whether they are human-caused or not. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of land use on the morphological diversity of springtails and verify their relationships with soil physical, chemical, and microbiological properties. Samples were collected in the eastern region of Santa Catarina, in three municipalities: Joinville, Blumenau, and Timbó. They included the following land use systems […]

Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) in Agricultural Land Use Systems in Subtropical Environments

Marcio Gonçalves da Rosa, Júlio Cesar Pires Santos, Antônio Domingos Brescovit, Álvaro Luiz Mafra, Dilmar Baretta


ABSTRACT Changes in land use management in agricultural areas can affect the biodiversity of spider families. This study aimed to evaluate spider diversity in different land use systems with capture by two sampling methods, and to identify soil properties that can modulate the occurrence of spiders. Five land use systems, representative of traditional agricultural areas, were evaluated in the west of Santa Catarina, Brazil, to establish a scale of land use intensity: native forest, eucalyptus reforestation areas, pastures, crop-livestock integration […]

Morphological Diversity of Coleoptera (Arthropoda: Insecta) in Agriculture and Forest Systems

Pâmela Niederauer Pompeo, Luís Carlos Iuñes de Oliveira, Marcielli Aparecida Borges dos Santos, Álvaro Luiz Mafra, Osmar Klauberg, Dilmar Baretta


ABSTRACT Coleopterans (Coleoptera) are major ecosystem service providers. However ecomorphological features that are comparable in a wide range of invertebrates within this group and in various environments must be found, to be able to study regions with different species, contributing to overcome difficulties of the taxonomic approach and understand the functioning of ecosystems. This research addressed the diversity of Coleoptera, using a methodology of ecomorphological traits, as well as their relation with the land use systems (LUS) and the soil […]

Abundance and Diversity of Soil Macrofauna in Native Forest, Eucalyptus Plantations, Perennial Pasture, Integrated Crop-Livestock, and No-Tillage Cropping

Sheila Trierveiler de Souza, Paulo Cezar Cassol, Dilmar Baretta, Marie Luise Carolina Bartz, Osmar Klauberg, Álvaro Luiz Mafra, [...]


ABSTRACT Intensive land use can affect macrofaunal biodiversity, which is a property that can be used as a soil quality indicator. This study evaluated the abundance and diversity of soil macrofauna and its relation to soil chemical and physical properties in five land use systems (LUS) in the eastern region of Santa Catarina. The following LUS were studied: native forest (NF), eucalyptus plantations (EP), perennial pasture (PP), integrated crop-livestock (ICL), and no-tillage cropping (NT). The macrofauna was quantified in 0.25 […]

Soil Solution Nutrient Availability, Nutritional Status and Yield of Corn Grown in a Typic Hapludox under Twelve Years of Pig Slurry Fertilizations

Marco André Grohskopf, Paulo Cezar Cassol, Juliano Corulli Corrêa, Jackson Adriano Albuquerque, Paulo Roberto Ernani, Maria Sueli Heberle Mafra, [...]


ABSTRACT Nutrient content in soil solution may vary in response to the applied amount of pig slurry (PS). Thus, the aim of this research was to evaluate the nutrient content in soil solution and its relationship to nutritional status and yield of corn under 12 years of annual fertilization with increasing doses of PS, soluble mineral fertilizer (MF) and PS combined with MF. The experiment was conducted under field conditions in a Latossolo Vermelho Distroférrico (Typic Hapludox). The treatments consisted […]

Soil Macrofauna and Physical and Chemical Properties under Soil Management Systems in the Santa Catarina Highlands, Brazil

Marcio Gonçalves da Rosa, Osmar Klauberg, Marie Luise Carolina Bartz, Álvaro Luiz Mafra, José Paulo Filipe Afonso de Sousa, Dilmar Baretta


ABSTRACT Soil use can change processes such as soil organic matter decomposition, nutrient cycling, and particle aggregation, which, in turn, influence the occurrence of macrofauna. The objective of this study was to relate land use systems to their effects on the distribution of soil macrofauna groups, as well as their relation to soil physical and chemical properties. The land use systems evaluated were native forest, an Eucalyptus plantation, pasture, a crop-livestock integration area, and a no-tillage crop area. Samples were […]


Pablo Grahl dos Santos, Ildegardis Bertol, David José Miquelluti, Jaime Antônio Almeida, Álvaro Luiz Mafra


In a soil survey, a detailed description of a set of soil properties is important for analyzing and understanding the interactions of several soil forming processes. Thus, multivariate analysis may be an important statistical tool to better interpret and understand the relationships and similarities between pedons. The aim of this study was to differentiate and group similar pedons based on physical and chemical properties using multivariate statistics. The study was carried out in Lages, SC, Brazil, at 27º 48’ S […]