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Soil Flora: Studies of the Number and Activity of Microorganisms in Woodland Soils

  • L. Steubing
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 1)

Abstract

Litter fall is of great importance in the nutrient cycle of forest ecosystems. Microbes attack and transform this organic material which is accumulated on and in the soil. There have been a number of investigations on the decomposition of litter in woodlands. It is obvious that the destruction of organic substances depends upon the number, species and activity of soil microflora and fauna. In investigating the role of soil microflora two approaches have been used: counting and isolating soil microorganisms or determining microbial induced biochemical effects in the soil.

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