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Soil microbial biomass as affected by non-flooded plastic mulching cultivation in rice

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The long-term field experiments were initiated in 2001 on five sites in Zhejiang province of China to monitor the impacts of non-flooded plastic mulching management on rice soil microbial biomass for sustainable agro-ecosystem. The three treatments were plastic film mulching with no flooding (PM), no plastic film mulching and no flooding (UM), and the traditional flooding management (TF). Microbial biomass C accounted for 0.3–2.4% of the soil total organic C, microbial biomass N for 0.79–4.3% of the soil total N, and microbial biomass P for 0.1–1.6% of the soil total P. Three years of non-flooded plastic film mulching reduced microbial biomass C and N and increased microbial biomass P in rice soil.

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This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 39970146, 30571082), the Key International Cooperative Project of Ministry of Agriculture (948 Program, No. 2003-Z53) and Key Projects of Science and Technology Committee of Zhejiang Province, China (Nos. 981102273, 011102178). Thanks are dedicated to Dr. Yuanhuai Han for his constructive comments.

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Li, YS., Wu, LH., Lu, XH. et al. Soil microbial biomass as affected by non-flooded plastic mulching cultivation in rice. Biol Fertil Soils 43, 107–111 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00374-005-0069-y

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Keywords

  • Non-flooded plastic film mulching cultivation
  • Soil microbial biomass
  • Rice