, Volume 81, Issue 3, pp 345-351

Enzyme activities in a clay-loam soil amended with various crop residues

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Amylase, dehydrogenase, arylsulphatase and phosphatases activities were measured in a clay-loam soil amended with seven different crop residues. All enzyme activities, except phosphomonoesterase, were generally higher in the derived soil samples than in the original soil. Addition of tobacco and sunflower residues caused an increase on most of the enzyme activities while tomato residues increased only the amylase and phosphodiesterase activities.

As the enzyme activities were positively correlated to each other, a common source of the enzymes is suggested even though the coefficients of correlation demonstrate that only a low percentage of the variability can be ascribed to the interactions among enzyme activities.