Bioactivity, or the number and diversity of microorganisms present in the soil, has been found to greatly affect the growth and reproduction of isopods. Soils with high bioactivity have been shown to have higher populations of isopods and faster reproductive rates.
The contents of the substrate in which isopods live can greatly affect their growth and reproduction. Key components like nutrients and bioactivity are essential for the survival and reproduction of these small invertebrates. However, isopods are highly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of environments, as long as they have access to these key components. It is important to maintain a healthy substrate in order to support the growth and reproduction of isopods and the ecosystems in which they live.
In addition to bioactivity, nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are also essential for the growth and reproduction of isopods. These nutrients can be introduced to soil through the decomposition of organic matter.
While these key components are important for the survival and reproduction of isopods, recent research has also shown that humidity and ventilation may be even more crucial factors. Studies have found that isopods are highly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of environments, but optimal humidity and ventilation may be necessary for their optimal growth and reproduction.
However, these factors have not been thoroughly studied and more research is needed to fully understand the role of humidity and ventilation in the growth and reproduction of isopods. It is important for scientists and land managers to continue studying these factors in order to better understand and support the health and populations of isopods and the ecosystems in which they live.
There are many commercially available isopod substrates on the market that contain a variety of ingredients. While these ingredients may not harm isopods, they are not necessarily necessary for their survival and reproduction. Isopods are highly adaptable and only require key components in their substrate, such as nutrients and bioactivity. While it may be tempting to use a substrate with many ingredients, it is important to remember that isopods only require a few key components to thrive. Using a substrate with unnecessary ingredients may not be the most cost-effective option and could potentially be harmful to the environment.
This is a live article and will be updated as more information becomes available. Stay tuned for updates on the bioactivity of soil and the nutrients needed for Isopods.