The use of microbial parameters in monitoring soil pollution by heavy metals

@article{Brookes2004TheUO,
  title={The use of microbial parameters in monitoring soil pollution by heavy metals},
  author={Philip Charles Brookes},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
  year={2004},
  volume={19},
  pages={269-279}
}
Microbial parameters appear very useful in monitoring soil pollution by heavy metals, but no single microbial parameter can be used universally. Microbial activities such as respiration, C and N mineralization, biological N2 fixation, and some soil enzymes can be measured, as can the total soil microbial biomass. Combining microbial activity and population measurements (e.g., biomass specific respiration) appears to provide more sensitive indications of soil pollution by heavy metals than… CONTINUE READING
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