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Microbial activity in non-agricultural degraded soils exposed to semiarid climate.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17306863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The degree of degradation of soils can be measured by reference to a variety of chemical, physical, biochemical and biological properties, the last two being particularly sensitive to the changes that take place. Among these parameters, those related with the soil carbon content, such as total organic carbon and microbial biomass carbon, are of the greatest interest although others are also important indicators of microbial activity, including ATP and phosphatase activity. This study looks at the microbial activity of various soils in SE Spain which present different degrees of plant cover. The results demonstrate that vegetation is of fundamental importance for the development of microbial populations and their activity since soils with a substantial vegetal cover showed higher values for the above parameters than those with a reduced cover, which are more degraded. A seasonal study of the soil properties showed that the time of year exercises an important influence on the parameters that are indicative of microbial activity.
Felipe Bastida; José Luis Moreno; Teresa Hernández; Carlos García
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-02-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  378     ISSN:  0048-9697     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-17     Completed Date:  2007-08-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS-CSIC), Department of Soil and Water Conservation and Waste Management, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, P.O. Box 164, 30100, Murcia, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Adenosine Triphosphate / analysis
Carbon / analysis
Desert Climate
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases / metabolism
Plants / growth & development
Soil / analysis
Soil Microbiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Soil; 56-65-5/Adenosine Triphosphate; 7440-44-0/Carbon; EC 3.1.3.-/Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases

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