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Research Project: Management Practices for Long Term Productivity of Great Plains Agriculture

Location: Soil Management and Sugarbeet Research

Title: Microbial community composition, diversity, and function

Author
item Manter, Daniel
item MOORE-KUCERA, JENNIFER - American Farmland Trust
item Lehman, R - Michael
item Hamm, Alison

Submitted to: Laboratory Methods for Soil Health Analysis
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/8/2021
Publication Date: 7/21/2021
Citation: Manter, D.K., Moore-Kucera, J., Lehman, R.M., Hamm, A.K. 2021. Microbial community composition, diversity, and function. In: Karlen, D.L., Stott, D.E., Mikha, M.M. (editors). Laboratory Methods for Soil Health Analysis. Volume 2. Madison, WI: Soil Science Society of America. p.285-319.

Interpretive Summary: n/a

Technical Abstract: Soil health is dependent on abundant, diverse, and active biological communities. Several soil enzymes, phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA), ester-linked fatty acid methyl esters (EL-FAME), and active carbon (POXC) methods have been discussed in this book as indirect methods for quantifying those communities and their contribution to soil health. This chapter presents a single molecular assay of microbial community characteristics that can directly assess the abundance of key taxa associated with various soil functions important in soil health.