Metals affect soil bacterial and fungal functional diversity differently.

  title={Metals affect soil bacterial and fungal functional diversity differently.},
  author={Anna M. Stefanowicz and Maria Niklińska and Ryszard Laskowski},
  journal={Environmental toxicology and chemistry},
  volume={27 3},
Heavy metals can cause a decrease in the taxonomic diversity of soil communities. Because of functional redundancy, it remains unclear to what extent different functions performed by the soil microbial communities may be affected by pollution. We studied the impact of metal contamination on soil bacterial and fungal functional diversity, active microbial biomass, and soil respiration rate. Soil samples were collected from 39 sites along three forest and five meadow pollution transects near an… CONTINUE READING

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