Microbial community responses in forest mineral soil to compaction , organic matter removal , and vegetation control 1

  title={Microbial community responses in forest mineral soil to compaction , organic matter removal , and vegetation control 1},
  author={Matt D. Busse and Samual E. Beattie and Robert F. Powers and Felipe Garza Sanchez and Allan Em Tiarks},
We tested three disturbance hypotheses in young conifer plantations: H1: soil compaction and removal of surface organic matter produces sustained changes in microbial community size, activity, and structure in mineral soil; H2: microbial community characteristics in mineral soil are linked to the recovery of plant diversity; and H3: community responses are strongly modified by regional climate. Microbial biomass, respiration, carbon utilization, and phospholipid fatty acids were compared at two… CONTINUE READING
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