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Soil Microbial Biomass Carbon In Tree Plantations of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra |

Pooja & Anjali, in Journal of Advances in Science and Technology | Science & Technology


Soil Microbial Biomass (SMB) is a living and activecomponent of soil organic matter. It serves as a major source of availablenutrients to plants and these nutrients are liberated after the death ofmicro-organisms. The microbial carbon is an important functional part of soilorganic carbon, which provides the main carbon-dioxide production by soils. Thepresent study was done to estimate the soil microbial biomass carbon andnitrogen in tree plantations at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra whichcomprise pure plantations of Tectona grandis, Eucalyptus tereticornes andSyzygium cumini. MB-C shows decrement with increase in soil depth from 0-30cmin both winters and summers. Higher amounts of Microbial Biomass were observedin winter season as compared to summer for all species. The soil microbial biomasscarbon was highest in soil of Tectona grandis followed by Syzygium cumini. Theleast amount was found in Eucalyptus tereticornes