Articles | Volume 16, issue 1
Web Ecol., 16, 3–5, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-16-3-2016

Special issue: Ecology at the Interface

Web Ecol., 16, 3–5, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-16-3-2016

Short communication 18 Jan 2016

Short communication | 18 Jan 2016

Effects of agricultural practices on soil and microbial biomass carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus content: a preliminary case study

F. Amaral and M. Abelho

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In this study we assessed carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in soil and soil microbial biomass subject to conventional farming and three different organic farming practices. The results showed that microbial biomass was P-limited in soils subject to conventional farming and to organic farming with alfalfa green manure. Organic farming with compost amendment showed the best results in terms of microbial performance.
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