Considering in situ observations, chaos theory was taken as a basis to study the activity of anecic earthworms based on cast production from September 2016 to January 2018 in the Dong Cao watershed (Vietnam). To study this activity, the global modeling technique was used to obtain deterministic models of ordinary differential equations directly from observational time series. The obtained models show that the behavior of earthworms is chaotic; it is coupled to the dynamics of soil water content in a complex (integrative) way and can be interpreted as an habituation/sensitization process. However, this coupling is insufficient to explain the desynchronization of the cast production variations observed at different study sites. The retroaction of earthworm activity on soil is required to explain the spatiotemporal discrepancies.
Earthworm activity and its coupling to soil hydrology: A deterministic analysis
Note: This paper is part of the Focus Issue, Chaos: From Theory to Applications.
S. Mangiarotti, E. Fu, P. Jouquet, M. T. Tran, M. Huc, N. Bottinelli; Earthworm activity and its coupling to soil hydrology: A deterministic analysis. Chaos 1 January 2021; 31 (1): 013134. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0029969
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