International Archives of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IAFAS), Website: https://cintarch.org/iafas-home/
September to October 2019 Vol 1(1): pp.1-10 DOI: https://doi.org/10.33515/iafas/2019.019/16
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1Department of Pest Management Technology, Federal College of Forestry, Jos, Nigeria, 2Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria,3Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria, 4Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
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Published October 31, 2019
Background: Soil organisms are an integral part of agricultural ecosystems. Thus, species composition of soil macroarthropods in vegetable plots under continuous cultivation in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, North Central Nigeria was carried out from August to October 2014. Two sampling techniques were used to collect macroarthropods from six different vegetable plots in three selected villages in Jos North LGA. A total of 3,346 macroarthropods were collected and identified into 5 classes, 20 orders, 79 families, 102 genera, 139 species and 2 unidentified. There was a significant difference (P < 0.001) in the mean abundance of macroarthropods in relation to classes. Hymenoptera 1552 (46.4%) were the most dominant taxa. Macroarthropods abundance and as well as species richness in relation to types of vegetable plots varied significantly (P < 0.001). The diversity of macroarthropods in the villages surveyed was high (H´ > 2.5). Thus, conservation and augmentation of species in vegetable plots should be encouraged.