The maintenance of soil health and productivity is a central aim of sustainable agriculture. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are soil biota fundamental for soil fertility and plant nutrition, which may be used in the evaluation of the impact of agronomic practices on soil quality. In the present study we evaluated the influence of three different land uses on AMF populations and correlated glomalin-related soil protein (GRSP) content with AMF biomass parameters, such as spore density and biovolume. Among the differently managed sites - maize monoculture, grassland and poplar grove - maize soil showed the lowest AMF spore number and GRSP content. The same morphological taxa were found in the three sites, except for one additional morphotype in poplar grove. A good correlation between GRSP and spore biovolume was found, suggesting that GRSP may represent a useful biochemical parameter for the assessment of biological soil fertility in sustainable agriculture.
|Autori:||Stefano, Bedini; Avio, Luciano; Argese, Emanuele; Giovannetti, Manuela|
|Titolo:||Effects of long-term land use on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and glomalin-related soil protein|
|Anno del prodotto:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.agee.2006.09.010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|