Sample Preparation for Metaproteome Analyses of Soil and Leaf Litter

  • Katharina M. KeiblingerEmail author
  • Katharina Riedel
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1841)


Soil and litter metaproteomics, assigning soil and litter proteins to specific phylogenetic and functional groups, has a great potential to shed light on the impact of microbial diversity on soil ecosystem functioning. However, metaproteomic analysis of soil and litter is often hampered by the enormous heterogeneity of the soil matrix and high concentrations of humic acids. To circumvent these challenges, sophisticated protocols for sample preparation have to be applied. This chapter provides the reader with detailed information on well-established protocols for protein extraction from soil and litter samples together with protocols for further sample preparation for subsequent MS analyses.

Key words

Soil sampling Homogenization Matrix effects Interfering substances Protein separation SDS-PAGE In-gel digestion Reducing sample complexity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, Institute of Soil ResearchUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology, Institute for MicrobiologyUniversity GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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