Shifts in soil microbial metabolic activities and community structures along a salinity gradient of irrigation water in a typical arid region of China.
Lijuan Chen, Changsheng Li, Qi Feng, Yongping Wei, Hang Zheng, Yan Zhao, Yongjiu Feng, Huiya Li
Sci Total Environ | Published : 2017
Saline water irrigation can change soil environment, which thereby influence soil microbial process. Based on a field experiment, the shifts in soil microbial metabolic activities and community structures under five irrigation salinities were studied using Biolog and metagenomic methods in this study. The results demonstrated that microbial metabolic activities were greatly restrained in saline water irrigated soils, as average well color development (AWCD) reduced under all saline water irrigation treatments. Although no significant difference in carbon substrate utilization of all six categories was observed among Mild, Medium, High and Severe treatments, the consumption of sole carbon sou..View full abstract