Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background Understanding diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) is important for optimizing their role for phosphorus (P) nutrition of soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) in P-limited soils. However, it is not clear how soybean growth and P nutrition is...

["Agricultural Science","Microbiology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4606
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222 views

Soil colour is often used as a general purpose indicator of internal soil drainage. In this study we developed a necessarily simple model of soil drainage which combines the tacit knowledge of the soil surveyor with observed matrix soil colour descriptions. From...

["Agricultural Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4659
27 downloads
190 views

Background Fertilization as one of the measures in restoring degraded soil qualities has been introduced on arid steppes in recent decades. However, the fertilization use efficiency on arid steppes varies greatly between steppe types and years, enhancing uncertainties...

["Agricultural Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4623
31 downloads
211 views

Background The Chinese Natural Forest Protection program has been conducted nationwide and has achieved resounding success. However, timber importation has increased; therefore, producing more domestic timber is critical to meet the demand for raw materials. Fertilization...

["Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science","Natural Resource Management","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4628
24 downloads
179 views

Background The loess-paleosol sequence on the Loess Plateau has been considered an important paleoclimatic archive to study global climatic and environmental changes in the Quaternary. So far, little attention has been paid to the characteristics of soil organic...

["Ecology","Soil Science","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4611
68 downloads
498 views

Background Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) accumulate in urban soils, and PAH contamination can change soil microbial community composition. Environmental microbiota is associated with human commensal microbiota, immune system and health. Therefore, studies...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4508
1 citation
145 downloads
978 views

Microbial ecological studies have been remarkably promoted by the high-throughput sequencing approach with explosive information of taxonomy and relative abundance. However, relative abundance does not reflect the quantity of the microbial community and the inter-sample...

["Soil Science","Environmental Contamination and Remediation"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4514
1,075 downloads
23,006 views

Most cropland in the United States is characterized by large monocultures, whose productivity is maintained through a strong reliance on costly tillage, external fertilizers, and pesticides (Schipanski et al., 2016). Despite this, farmers have developed a regenerative...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4428
90 downloads
1,038 views

Background In the arid and semi-arid areas of northern China, overexploitation of fertilizers and extensive irrigation with brackish groundwater have led to soil degradation and large areas of farmland have been abandoned. In order to improve the soil quality of...

["Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4410
227 downloads
574 views

Carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-COOH) have become a growing concern in terms of their fate and toxicity in aqueous environments. Methane (CH4) is a major product of organic matter degradation in waterlogged environments. In this study, we determined...

["Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science","Ecotoxicology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4267
78 downloads
487 views

Background Microorganisms govern important ecosystems processes, in particular the degradation of organic matter (OM). However, microorganisms are rarely considered in efforts to monitor ecosystem health and functioning. Evidence suggests that environmental perturbations...

["Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4175
241 downloads
1,099 views

Structure and diversity of microbial communities are an important research topic in biology, since microbes play essential roles in the ecology of various environments. Different DNA isolation protocols can lead to data bias and can affect results of next-generation...

["Genetics","Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4178
1 citation
261 downloads
687 views

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) play an essential role in complex ecosystems. However, the species diversity and composition of AMF communities remain unclear in semi-arid mountains. Further, it is not well understood if the characteristics of AMF community...

["Biodiversity","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4155
107 downloads
456 views

The technology of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) has provided a new option for mitigating global anthropogenic emissions with unique advantages. However, the potential risk of gas leakage from CO2 sequestration and utilization processes has attracted...

["Biogeochemistry","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4024
157 downloads
1,122 views

Background Soil microbial communities (SMC) play a central role in the structure and function of desert ecosystems. However, the high variability of annual precipitation could results in the alteration of SMC and related biological processes depending on soil water...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4007

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