In Situ Dynamics of Microbial Communities during Decomposition of Wheat, Rape, and Alfalfa Residues

@article{Pascault2010InSD,
  title={In Situ Dynamics of Microbial Communities during Decomposition of Wheat, Rape, and Alfalfa Residues},
  author={No{\'e}mie Pascault and Lauric C{\'e}cillon and Olivier Mathieu and Catherine H{\'e}nault and Amadou Sarr and Jean Leveque and Pascal Farcy and Lionel Ranjard and Pierre-Alain Maron},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={60},
  pages={816-828}
}
Microbial communities are of major importance in the decomposition of soil organic matter. However, the identities and dynamics of the populations involved are still poorly documented. We investigated, in an 11-month field experiment, how the initial biochemical quality of crop residues could lead to specific decomposition patterns, linking biochemical changes undergone by the crop residues to the respiration, biomass, and genetic structure of the soil microbial communities. Wheat, alfalfa, and… CONTINUE READING

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