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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2010, Article ID 784342, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/784342
Review Article

Can We Predict How Earthworm Effects on Plant Growth Vary with Soil Properties?

1Laboratoire d'Ecologie, UPRES EA 1293 ECODIV, FED SCALE, UFR Sciences et Techniques, Université de Rouen, 76821 Mont Saint Aignan cedex, France
2Agronomy Department, Centre R&D Nestlé Abidjan, 01 BP 11356 Abidjan 01, Cote D'Ivoire
3Bioemco (UMR 7618)—IWMI, SFRI, Dong Ngac, Tu Liem, Hanoï, Vietnam
4Bioemco (UMR 7618), Site Ecole Normale Supérieure, 46 rue d'Ulm, 75230 Paris cedex 05, France

Received 26 June 2009; Revised 11 December 2009; Accepted 23 January 2010

Academic Editor: Natchimuthu Karmegam

Copyright © 2010 Kam-Rigne Laossi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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