Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 41, Issue 10, pp 1077–1082 | Cite as

Estimation of the biological activity of peat soils from the specific electrical resistance

On the Centennial Anniversary of the Birth of S.A. Vladychenskii


The parameters of the potential biological activity (respiration, methanogenesis, nitrogen fixation, and denitrification) of drained peat soils were analyzed as depending on their morphological, chemical, and electrical properties. A high positive correlation was found between the potential respiration of the soil and its electrical resistance, because these parameters depended on the same soil properties: the ash content, the cation exchange capacity, etc. The correlation was disturbed under a significant adverse impact of the soil water-air regime on the microbial community, which was difficult to detect from the resistance. No correlation of anaerobic methanogenesis and denitrification with the resistance was found. The revealed relationships can find wide use in the study of the spatial distribution of the potential biological activity of soils, which will allow deriving more correct and representative data.


Soil Respiration Cation Exchange Capacity EURASIAN Soil Science Electrical Resistivity Apparent Resistivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Soil ScienceMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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