THE GLOBAL COLLABORATION NETWORK
This is a voluntary initiative that at present has no explicit funds and is supported by the research community. Although right now we cannot pay directly to researchers around the world, the Team joins and openly shares various expertises and may supply some basic equipment for groups with limited resources. The coordination team of the initiative includes soil ecologists from 25+ countries covering all continents including underrepresented regions such as Asia, South America and Africa (Fig. 1).
We intend to conduct the first global sampling campaign in 2022-2023. In total 200+ sampling sites will be comprehensively assessed globally by many local Field teams, each sampling a few locations. To support data harmonisation, we developed common sampling and data collection protocols. The campaign is planned to be repeated in 2025-2026 in the framework of the global soil biodiversity monitoring (Soil BON). Jointly, we will be able to produce unprecedented data to address exciting and challenging questions and establish a global collaboration network for soil animal diversity monitoring and future joint work.
Fig. 1 | The Soil BON Foodweb Team concept. Effects of climate, land use and conservation on soil functions are mediated by soil properties, microbes, and animals; the latter are assessed by the Team (a). At present, research groups from >80 countries are officially involved in Soil BON (black); the Coordination team of the Soil BON Foodweb Team (SBF, blue) covers all major continents (b). National-level SBF networks are coordinated by SBF National coordinators and may also include core Soil BON teams (c).