Carbon use efficiency and microbial functional diversity in a temperate Luvisol and a tropical Nitisol after millet litter and N addition

TitleCarbon use efficiency and microbial functional diversity in a temperate Luvisol and a tropical Nitisol after millet litter and N addition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSchroeder J., Jannoura R., Beuschel R., Pfeiffer B., Dyckmans J., Murugan R., Chavannavar S., Wachendorf C., Joergensen R.G
JournalBiology and Fertility of Soils
Date PublishedNov
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0178-2762
Accession NumberWOS:000547250500001
KeywordsAgriculture, biomass turnover, C-12 ratio, C-13, c-14 glucose, cattle manure, CO(2)mineralisation, decomposition, extraction, FUMIGATION, land-use, long-term fertilization, MICROBIAL, microbial biomass, multi substrate-induced respiration, N uptake, natural-abundance, necromass, Organic matter, Particulate, soil organic-matter, substrate quality

Tropical soils often contain less soil organic C (SOC) and microbial biomass C (MBC) than temperate soils and, thus, exhibit lower soil fertility. The addition of plant residues and N fertilizers can improve soil fertility, which might be reflected by microbial C use efficiency (CUE) and functional diversity. A 42-day incubation study was carried out, adding leaf litter of the C4 plant finger millet (Eleusine coracanaGaertn.) and inorganic(15)N fertilizer. The aim was to investigate amendment effects on CUE and functional diversity in a tropical Nitisol and a temperate Luvisol. At day 42, 28% of the millet litter-derived C (C4) added was mineralised to CO(2)C4 in the temperate Luvisol and only 18% in the tropical Nitisol, averaging all N treatments. In contrast, none of the different fractions used for calculating CUE values, i.e. CO(2)C4, MBC4, microbial residue C4, and particulate organic matter C4, differed between the soils in the N0 (no N addition) treatment. CUE values considering microbial residues varied around 0.63, regardless of soil type and sampling day, which needs further evaluation. Millet litter increased autochthonous SOC-derived CO(2)C3 production, but N addition did not. This priming effect was apparently not caused by N mining. The respiratory response to most substrates added by multi-substrate-induced respiration (MSIR) and, thus, functional diversity was higher in the Luvisol than in the Nitisol. Millet litter had positive and N addition negative effects on the functional diversity of Nitisol, indicating that MSIR is a useful tool for evaluating soil fertility.

Short TitleBiol. Fertil. SoilsBiol. Fertil. Soils
Alternate JournalBiol. Fertil. Soils