Characterization of Humus Microbial Communities in Adjacent Forest Types That Differ in Nitrogen Availability

  title={Characterization of Humus Microbial Communities in Adjacent Forest Types That Differ in Nitrogen Availability},
  author={S. E. Leckie and Cindy E. Prescott and Susan J. Grayston and Josh D. Neufeld and William W. Mohn},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
To address the link between soil microbial community composition and soil processes, we investigated the microbial communities in forest floors of two forest types that differ substantially in nitrogen availability. Cedar-hemlock (CH) and hemlock-amabilis fir (HA) forests are both common on northern Vancouver Island, B.C., occurring adjacently across the landscape. CH forest floors have low nitrogen availability and HA high nitrogen availability. Total microbial biomass was assessed using… CONTINUE READING


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