Structural and functional response of soil microbiota to addition of plant substrate are moderated by soil Cu levels

@article{Wakelin2009StructuralAF,
  title={Structural and functional response of soil microbiota to addition of plant substrate are moderated by soil Cu levels},
  author={Steven Wakelin and Guixin Chu and Kris Broos and Kenneth Robert Clarke and Yongchao Liang and Mike J Mclaughlin},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
  year={2009},
  volume={46},
  pages={333-342}
}
In soils, the microbially mediated decomposition of plant residue is a key process with wide ranging effects on ecosystem functioning and stability. Understanding the impact of contamination on this process is of high importance. We investigated the effects of long-term (6 years) copper exposure on the capacity of soil microbiota to decompose newly added resources; dried and ground Medicago truncatula stubble. In addition, the effects on the microbial community structure across the three… CONTINUE READING