Steam disinfestation of soil is attracting growing interest in intensive agriculture, because of the increasing demand of reduced use of fumigants. In this study, we assessed the effect of steam application on the microarthropod community, a fundamental component of soil environment. We conducted steam disinfestation treatments in experimental parcels, where we sampled for edaphic microarthropods in
one date before and in four dates after the treatments. Our results showed that edaphic fauna quickly recolonised the disinfested soil, re-establishing dense and rich communities after 45 days. These results support the low environmental impact of this technique and then could be used for certification of the eco-biological sustainability of steam treatment in organic farming.
Stefano Fenoglio University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Giorgio Malacarne University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Marco Cucco University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Paolo Gay University of Torino, Italy
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