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Extracting Soil Fauna




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Extracting Soil Fauna
The Berlese Apparatus

STEM Standard addressed: ESS2A - Earth Materials and Systems


Appropriate Grade Level(s)
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
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  • Classroom Lectures
  • Distance Education Classes
  • Extension Presentations
  • Website Information
General Course Areas
  • Introduction to Soil Science
Description
A Berlese Funnel is a common apparatus used for extracting soil fauna, especially those that readily move in the soil. A light bulb is positioned above a soil sample so that the surface of the soil is about 45°C. The heat, light, and drying conditions cause the organisms to move downward where they fall through the screen and collect in the alcohol (water can be used to view living organisms).

Peer Review: Yes

Credit this item to: Know Soil Know Life, SSSA
Media Date: 2012-12-01
Provided By: (SSSA) Soil Science Society of America


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  • * Know Soil Know Life
    SSSA

Submitted By: (SSSA) Soil Science Society of America


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  • Know Soil Know Life

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