Effect of fire on soil C, N and microbial biomass
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): A. M. Palese ; G. Giovannini ; S. Lucchesi ; S. Dumontet ; P. Perucci
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • bacteria
  • biomass
  • carbon
  • Europe
  • experimental fire
  • experimental fires
  • fire management
  • fungi
  • Italy
  • Lithic Xerocrept soil
  • Mediterranean environment
  • Mediterranean habitats
  • microorganisms
  • nitrogen
  • pH
  • soil management
  • soil microbial biomass
  • soil nutrients
  • soil organisms
  • soil temperature
  • International
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 29337
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Fire is recognised as a potent ecological factor in woody and bushy environments. In this investigation the effect of experimental fire on soluble organic C and N, soil microbial biomass C and N, the bacteria/fungi ratio and soil enzymatic activities were measured 12 and 18 months after fire in a Lithic Xerocrept soil. The soil soluble C was changed both by fire and sampling time in burned soils, whereas soluble N did not show any clear trend. The enzymatic activities were decreased by fire, but a peak of activity was recorded in soil burned at 309 °C, which corresponded with the highest recorded soluble C. A quantitative reduction in soil microbial biomass C and N was observed. © INRA, EDP Sciences, 2004.

Palese, A. M., G. Giovannini, S. Lucchesi, S. Dumontet, and P. Perucci. 2004. Effect of fire on soil C, N and microbial biomass. Agronomie, v. 24, no. 1, p. 47-53. 10.1051/agro:2003061.