Journal article

Functional stoichiometry of soil microbial communities after amendment with stabilised organic matter

Ee Ling Ng, Antonio Frank Patti, Michael Timothy Rose, Cassandra Rae Schefe, Kevin Wilkinson, Timothy Richard Cavagnaro



The transformation of organic matter amendments in the soil is regulated by soil microbial communities. We examined the utility of ecological and functional stoichiometry theories to explain microbial transformation of organic amendments in the soil and examined the key relationships between soil microbial community composition, biomass and activity with resource elemental composition (soil and organic input) and nutrient availability. Using two contrasting soils amended with raw green waste, its compost or biochar, we found that microbial PLFA composition was distinct for each soil and organic amendment. Microbial activity was strongly influenced by organic amendment. Further, we observed t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by funding from the Monash Sustainability Institute Australia, Brown Coal Innovation Australia and the Australian Research Council (ARC). Experimental set-up, monitoring and chemical analysis was funded by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria. The green waste used in this study was kindly supplied by SITA Australia. TRC also thanks ARC for the award of a Future Fellowship (FT120100463).