Assessment of soil quality after biochar application based on enzymatic activity and microbial composition

Monika Mierzwa-Hersztek , Krzysztof Gondek , Agnieszka Klimkowicz-Pawlas , Maria Jolanta Chmiel , Krzysztof Dziedzic , Taras Hutsol


Soil microorganisms play a key role in many biochemical processes essential for the environment and for the ecological and production functions of soils, hence they are very important quality indicators. The study aimed at evaluating the effect of 1 and 2% additions of wheat and miscanthus straw biochars on soil enzymatic activity (dehydrogenases, urease, phosphatases) and the number of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, actinobacteria). Pot experiments were carried out on soil with a loamy sand texture. The geometric mean of enzyme activities, biological index of fertility, and the integrated total enzyme activity index were used to explore the relationships between soil enzyme activities and the microbiological and chemical properties of soil. The addition of 1% miscanthus straw biochar had the most beneficial effect on the number of bacteria and fungi (increase by 380 and 26%, respectively), and 1% wheat straw biochar on the number of actinomycetes (increase by 273%). The correlation analysis between the number of actinomycetes and the chemical parameters of the soil showed the significant effect of the content of Ntotal (r = 0.76) and Ctotal (r = 0.85). The values of biological index of fertility, total enzyme activity index and geometric mean of enzyme activities indexes showed that the best quality of soil was produced by a 2% addition of wheat straw biochar.
Author Monika Mierzwa-Hersztek (FoAaE / DoAaECh)
Monika Mierzwa-Hersztek,,
- Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry
, Krzysztof Gondek (FoAaE / DoAaECh)
Krzysztof Gondek,,
- Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry
, Agnieszka Klimkowicz-Pawlas
Agnieszka Klimkowicz-Pawlas,,
, Maria Jolanta Chmiel (FoAaE / DoM)
Maria Jolanta Chmiel,,
- Department of Microbiology
, Krzysztof Dziedzic
Krzysztof Dziedzic,,
, Taras Hutsol
Taras Hutsol,,
Journal seriesInternational Agrophysics, ISSN 0236-8722, e-ISSN 2300-8725, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishbiochar, soil, enzymatic activity, microorganisms, soil quality indexes
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1111 Soil Science; 1507 Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes; 2312 Water Science and Technology
Internal identifierWRE/2019/72
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); after publication
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.891; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.227 (2) - 2018=1.548 (5)
Citation count*1 (2020-03-28)
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FinansowanieThis work was carried out under the project named “Research on forming a model of biochar changes in soil based on the quantitative and qualitative parameters of humus” financed by the National Science Centre (project No.: 2015/17/N/NZ9/01132).
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