Beta-glucosidase activity in pasture soils

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Turner, B. L., Hopkins, D. W., Haygarth, P. M. and Ostle, N. J. 2002. Beta-glucosidase activity in pasture soils. Applied Soil Ecology. 20 (2), pp. 157-162.

AuthorsTurner, B. L., Hopkins, D. W., Haygarth, P. M. and Ostle, N. J.

β-Glucosidase is involved in the degradation of cellulose in soils and has potential for monitoring biological soil quality. We assayed β-glucosidase activity in 29 permanent grassland soils from England and Wales with contrasting physico-chemical and biological properties (clay content 22–68%; total carbon 29–80 mg g−1; microbial carbon 412–3412 μg g−1). Substrate induced β-glucosidase activity ranged between 1.12 and 6.12 μmol para-nitrophenol g−1 soil h−1 and was positively correlated with concentrations of clay, total carbon and microbial carbon. This suggests that substrate-induced β-glucosidase activity is an integrative measure of physico-chemical and biological soil properties and may have applications in monitoring biological soil quality.

Year of Publication2002
JournalApplied Soil Ecology
Journal citation20 (2), pp. 157-162
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or codeDelivering Sustainable Systems (SS) [ISPG]
Soil Science and Environmental Quality (SSEQ)
Project: 2430 4531
Project: NT 1032
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online17 Mar 2002
PublisherElsevier Science Bv
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