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Ecological functions of forest soil fauna: a review.

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Forest soil fauna is an important component of forest soil ecosystem, which plays a vital role in the material cycle and energy flow. This paper reviews the research progress of the ecological functions of forest soil fauna in the latest decade, including the effects of forest soil fauna on soil physical and chemical properties, microorganisms and plants and the effects of non-native soil fauna invasion on soil ecosystem. The future research direction of forest soil fauna in China is prospected with a view to providing a scientific reference for the study of forest soil fauna ecological function, soil fauna and ecosystem and sustainable use of soil fauna in China, which includes the functioning mechanism of ecological functions of forest soil fauna, the response of forest soil fauna to global changes, the effects of non-native invasive soil fauna on forest ecosystem, the scope of forest soil fauna species and the application of new technologies.