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Estimation of the Biogenicity and Bioactivity of Gleyed Agrogray Nondrained and Drained Soils


A comparison of the biological activity and biogenicity of drained and nondrained gleyed agrogray soils (Luvic Greyzemic Stagnic Phaeozems) of Moscow oblast has been carried out using such indicators as microbial biomass carbon (Cmic), basal respiration (BR), and the contents of organic carbon (Corg), particulate organic matter (СPOM), and potentially mineralizable organic matter (C0). It has been found that the СPOM fraction turned out to be one of the indicators of the initial waterlogging stages, while the Cmic and BR indicators are sensitive to the degree of soil hydromorphism. It is proposed to evaluate soil biogenicity using Сorg and СPOM parameters; while С0, Сmic, and BR parameters should be applied to evaluate soil bioactivity. Gleyed agrogray soils at different stages of waterlogging are close in their biogenicity but differ in bioactivity. The humus state of the gleyed agrogray soil changes during the period of efficient functioning of drainage. The gleyed agrogray soil in terms of biogenicity and bioactivity becomes similar to its automorphic zonal analog.

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We are thankful to doctor of biology L.M. Polyanskaya for consulting and assignation of instrumental base for determination the population density of fungal and bacterial biomass in soil and to A.L. Kharlak for participation in the work in 2018.


Experimental data were obtained with financial support of the Russian Science Foundation, project no. 17-14-01120p. Soil sampling in the experimental ameliorative area and determination of the elemental composition of soil were performed within the framework of state assignment (state registration numbers АААА-А16-117031410017-4, АААА-А18-118013190177-9, 0191-2019-0045, and 121040800146-3).

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Kovalev, I.V., Semenov, V.M., Kovaleva, N.O. et al. Estimation of the Biogenicity and Bioactivity of Gleyed Agrogray Nondrained and Drained Soils. Eurasian Soil Sc. 54, 1059–1067 (2021).

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  • soil hydromorphism
  • drainage
  • organic carbon
  • microbial biomass
  • potentially mineralizable organic matter
  • particulate organic matter