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Landscape position and depth affect microbial abundance and community composition at three positions in an agricultural landscape

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2012-03-13

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Konschuh, H.J.
VandenBygaart, A.J.
Bedard-Haughn, A.
Helgason, B.L.

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Stabilization/destabilization mechanisms of deep soil carbon are not well understood. A number of different controlling mechanisms are suggested; here we explore differences in microbial abundance and community structure as a controlling mechanism. Microbial abundance and community composition with depth was assessed at three different positions within an agricultural landscape. Microbial abundance was significantly affected by sampling depth, while differences in community structure could be attributed to depth, landscape position, and conditions found within the depositional position. Interestingly, substantial biomass existed at a depth of 81cm in a buried A horizon found in the depositional position.

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Soils and Crops Workshop

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