Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 145–152 | Cite as

Vegetation roles on changes of soil properties and microbial activities in a coastal sand dune. A case study

  • Han-Sam Yoon
  • Yong Min Yi
  • Kijune Sung
  • Soyoung Park


The vegetation effects on changes of soil physicochemical properties and microbial activities in the costal sand dune were investigated to understand the roles of vegetation on sand dune ecosystem. Eight sites from six vegetation zones and two bare zones in the dune front, dune crest, and dune back regions were selected. Soil microbial enzyme activities of β-glucosidase, acid phosphatase, arylsulfatase, and dehydrogenase, and soil physicochemical properties of each site were evaluated. The results showed that all the enzyme activities were higher in the mixed vegetation sites with native sand dune plants and naturalized plants and in Pinus thunbergii community site both located in the dune back regions where the accumulation of organic matter and nitrogen were more prominent. The results demonstrated that soil organic matter and nutrients are the primary determinants of the microbial activity in sand dune where are exposed to a gradient of physicochemical stress such as high salinity, moisture and salt spray. Therefore, the conservation of vegetation that generates more soil organic matter and nutrients is important factor in controlling the soil microbial activities and biogeochemical cycles in the coastal sand dune systems.

Key words

Dune plant Physicochemical properties Conservation Jinu island 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Han-Sam Yoon
    • 1
  • Yong Min Yi
    • 1
  • Kijune Sung
    • 1
  • Soyoung Park
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecological EngineeringPukyong National UniversityBusanSouth Korea
  2. 2.Research Center for Ocean Industrial DevelopmentPukyong National UniversityBusanSouth Korea

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