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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2000 Vol.1 No.4 P.442-447

http://doi.org/10.1631/jzus.2000.0442


CHANGES IN SOIL BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES WITH THE ADDITION OF METSULFURON-METHYL HERBICIDE


Author(s):  A. M. EL-ghamry, HUANG Chang-yong, XU Jian-ming, XIE Zheng-miao

Affiliation(s):  College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Department of Resource Science,Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029,China

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Key Words:  metsulfuron-methyl, microbial biomass C, microbial biomass N, Cmic/Corg ratio, Nmic/Ntotal ratio, Cmic/Nmic ratio


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A. M. EL-ghamry, HUANG Chang-yong, XU Jian-ming, XIE Zheng-miao. CHANGES IN SOIL BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES WITH THE ADDITION OF METSULFURON-METHYL HERBICIDE[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2000, 1(4): 442-447.

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Abstract: 
An incubation study was conducted to investigate the effects of metsulfuron-methyl herbicide on the soil microbial biomass in loamy sand soil. The herbicide was applied to the soil at four concentrations: control, 0.01, 0.10, and 1.00 μg.g-1 soil. Determinations of microbial biomass-C and microbial biomass-N contents were carried out 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 25, and 45 days after herbicide application. In comparison to untreated soil, the microbial biomass-C and biomass-N decreased significantly in soils treated with herbicide at concentrations of 0.1 and 1.0 μg.g-1 soil within the first 7 days of incubation. The application of metsulfuron-methyl herbicide to the soil reduced the Cmic/Corg and Nmic/Ntotal percentages, which decreased with increasing application rate of metsulfuron-methyl herbicide. Compared to the untreated control, a marked increase in the microbial biomass C: N ratio was observed in the herbicide treated soil. This effect was transitory and was significant only at the higher rates of metsulfuron-methyl.

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