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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
55 downloads
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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
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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
143 downloads
552 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
81 downloads
356 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
121 downloads
987 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
131 downloads
553 views

Background Deficiency of available forms of phosphorus is common in most soils and causes reduction of crop plants growth and yield. Recently, model plants responses to phosphate (Pi) deficiency have been intensively studied. However, acclimation mechanisms of...

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3989
198 downloads
697 views

In arable cropping systems, reduced or conservation tillage practices are linked with improved soil quality, C retention and higher microbial biomass, but most long-term studies rarely focus on depths greater than 15 cm nor allow comparison of microbial community...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3930
134 downloads
420 views

Water and fertilizer are two important factors influencing crop growth, development and yield formation. To investigate their combined effects on the soil-plant system, and to find out the optimal water and organic fertilizer coupling strategy for tomato (Solanum...

["Agricultural Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3855
167 downloads
429 views

The forest ecosystem is the main component of terrestrial ecosystems. The global climate and the functions and processes of soil microbes in the ecosystem are all influenced by litter decomposition. The effects of litter decomposition on the abundance of soil microorganisms...

["Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3777
171 downloads
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Aim Application of organic materials into agricultural systems enhances plant growth and yields, and improves soil fertility and structure. This study aimed to examine the effects of “compost extract (CE)”, a soil conditioner, and bio-organic manure (BOM) on the...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3775
1 citation
114 downloads
781 views

Trees of temperate rainforests host a large biomass of epiphytic plants, which are associated with soils formed in the forest canopy. Falling of epiphytic material results in the transfer of carbon and nutrients from the canopy to the forest floor. This study provides...

["Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3773
82 downloads
394 views

Background Restoration of degraded forest ecosystem is crucial for regional sustainable development. To protect the country’s fragile and fragmented environment, the Chinese government initiated an ecological engineering project, the Natural Forest Protection Program,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3764
172 downloads
681 views

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have a broad range of applications and are generally considered human-engineered nanomaterials. However, carbon nanostructures have been found in ice cores and oil wells, suggesting that nature may provide appropriate conditions for CNT...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science","Synthetic Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3658
1 citation
128 downloads
677 views

Primary production is the fundamental source of energy to foodwebs and ecosystems, and is thus an important constraint on soil communities. This coupling is particularly evident in polar terrestrial ecosystems where biological diversity and activity is tightly...

["Biosphere Interactions","Ecology","Natural Resource Management","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3377

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