Compaction Alters Physical but Not Biological Indices of Soil Health

@article{Shestak2005CompactionAP,
  title={Compaction Alters Physical but Not Biological Indices of Soil Health},
  author={Carol J. Shestak and M. Busse},
  journal={Soil Science Society of America Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={69},
  pages={236-246}
}
Current management and harvesting practices can compact forest soils and degrade soil health. However, effects of soil compaction on microbial processes and composition are poorly understood. We measured microbial community responses to compaction in a sandy loam and a clay loam soil under laboratory and field conditions. Treatments of no, moderate (approximately 20% increase in bulk density), and severe (approximately 40% increase) compaction were manually applied to intact soil cores. A 67-d… Expand
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