Resource Details

Development of the soil macrofauna community under silvopastoral and agrosilvicultural systems in Amazonia

Literature: Journal Articles

Barros, E., Neves, A., Blanchart, E., Fernandes, E.C.M., Wandelli, E. and Lavelle, P. 2003. "Development of the soil macrofauna community under silvopastoral and agrosilvicultural systems in Amazonia", Pedoiologia, vol. 47, pp. 273-280.

Contact Info

Eleusa Barros


Insituto Nacional de Pesquisas de Amazonia

Embrapa Amazonia Ocidental


Species Info

Desmodium ovafolium, Bactris gaspaes, Euterpe oleracea, Theobrama grandiflorum, Columbrina glandulosa, Oryza sativa, Manihot esculenta, Mucuna pruriens, Inga edulis, Malphigia emarginata, Carica papaya, Genipa americana, Passiflora edulis, Eugenia stipitata, Bertholletia excelsa, Swietenia macrophylla, Tectona grandis


  • The goal of this study was to analyze the effect that different agroforestry systems have on the recolonization of macrofauna in the soil of former pasture lands.
  • This study takes place at an experimental resarech station on abandonded pastureland. Four treatments were tested:  1. a high-input silvopastoral system (ASPh), 2. a low-input silvopastoral system (ASPl), 3. a palm based system with four tree crop species (AS1) and 4. a high-diversity tree crop system with ten tree crop species (AS2). The control was a spontaneous fallow.
  • While the density of microfauna was comparable across systems, the species richness was significantly higher in ASPh and ASPI systems suggesting that cover crop plays an important role in creating a favorable environment for soil fauna. There were also differences in faunal density between speices with faster growing species having significantly more soil fauna than slower growing species. 

Geographical Region

  • Amazon Basin
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

    This database is a work in progress, and we need your input to keep it up to date. Feel free to contact ELTI at to provide information on your own work as well as other projects and literature currently missing from the database.


    ELTI is a joint initiative of:
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute