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Diversity of microorganisms from forest soils differently polluted with heavy metals
Abstract Large accumulation of heavy metals in organic layers of forest soils may adversely affect the structure and diversity of microbial communities. The objective of this study was to assess theExpand
Metals affect soil bacterial and fungal functional diversity differently.
It is found that the bacterial functional diversity significantly decreased, whereas the fungal functional diversity slightly increased, with increasing metal concentration, which suggests a higher sensitivity of bacterialfunctional diversity as an indicator for the effects of metal pollution compared with overall soil respiration. Expand
The Dynamics of Chemical Elements in Forest Litter
Litter bags with natural mixed litter were incubated until =60-70% mass loss in two oak-hornbeam and two pine-beech forest stands in southern Poland. At the same stands the input of chemical elementsExpand
Microbial community structure and functioning along metal pollution gradients.
Soil pH, organic matter content, and nutrient level appeared to be at least as important as TI in determining microbial community structure and activities, even though the authors were not able to control completely for all confounding factors. Expand
Effect of texture and tree species on microbial properties of mine soils.
The obtained results suggest that the texture of soil substrate is of higher importance for microbial properties of the studied mine soils than the planted vegetation. Expand
Characterization of the forest humus microbial community in a heavy metal polluted area
Abstract Various parameters of the soil microbial community may be used in soil quality evaluation and environmental risk assessment. The objectives of this study were to assess the effects ofExpand
Pollution-induced community tolerance of microorganisms from forest soil organic layers polluted with Zn or Cu
Abstract The long-term accumulation of heavy metals in forest soil organic layers may adversely affect soil microorganisms. The objectives of the study were to assess the effects of high contents ofExpand
Decreased Energetic Reserves, Morphological Changes and Accumulation of Metals in Carabid Beetles (Poecilus cupreus L.) Exposed to Zinc- or Cadmium-contaminated Food
The results indicate that ground beetles exposed to metal-contaminated food have lower amounts of energy available, which may be reflected in lower energetic reserves and changed body growth. Expand
Metal Kinetics and Respiration Rates in F1 Generation of Carabid Beetles (Pterostichus oblongopunctatus F.) Originating From Metal-Contaminated and Reference Areas
The results obtained show no significant differences in metal accumulation and excretion patterns or respiration rates between the populations, which may suggest that adaptation has not occurred in the beetles chronically exposed to toxic metal concentrations. Expand