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dc.contributor.author Banda, A.
dc.contributor.author Mubyana-John, T.
dc.contributor.author Taylor, J.E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-15T12:42:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-15T12:42:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Banda, A. et al (2011) The influence of range fire on soil fungi, microbial activity and soil properties along the Boro route of the Okavango Delta, The African Journal of Plant Science and Biotechnology en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1752-3931 (Print)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/919
dc.description.abstract The influence of burning on soil microbial dehydrogenase activity, nitrogen content and fungal population along the Boro route in the Okavango Delta was assessed in the flood and dry seasons. Soil samples from the burnt plots and the adjacent control un-burnt plots were cultured on agar plates using dilution methods. Fusarium spp. were dominant while Aspergillus species were low in burnt plots. The other fungi such as Drechslera sp., Exophiala jeanselmmei, Penicillium compactum and Chrysosporium merdarium were only in the burnt plots as compared to unburnt control plots. However, fungal diversity and soil dehydrogenase activity reduced after 6 months of burning showing significant increase in Chrysosporium merdarium in almost all the burnt plots. The influence of burning on soil nitrogen was insignificant instead flooding had a stronger influence on nitrogen content than burning. The results indicate that burning increased fungal diversity and biomass, however, reduces overall microbial enzyme activity after burning without influencing soil nitrogen and pH. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Global Science Books, http://www.globalsciencebooks.info/ en_US
dc.subject Burning en_US
dc.subject Fungal diversity and density en_US
dc.subject Microbial biomass en_US
dc.subject Dehydrogenase en_US
dc.title The influence of range fire on soil fungi, microbial activity and soil properties along the Boro route of the Okavango Delta en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US


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