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Dichromate digestion-spectrophotometric procedure for determination of soil microbial biomass carbon in association with fumigation-extraction

Cai, Y., Peng, C., Qiu, S. and Li, Y. (2011) Dichromate digestion-spectrophotometric procedure for determination of soil microbial biomass carbon in association with fumigation-extraction. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 42 (22). pp. 2824-2834.

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Abstract

A dichromate digestion and spectrophotometric procedure is proposed for estimating soil microbial biomass carbon (C) in association with fumigation-extraction. The recommended procedure uses a volume (1.6 ml) of 0.5 M potassium sulfate (K2SO4) soil extracts and oxidant solution (dichromate-sulfuric acid, 2.4 mL), mixed with a volume (4 mL) for digestion at 140 °C for 30 min. The digested solution is then directly read for absorbance at 350 nm using a spectrophotometer, and the C in the digested soil extracts is measured against glucose standards. The KEC (indicating the extractable part of microbial biomass C after fumigation) value is estimated as 0.33 for the proposed method. There are good correlations between soil microbial biomass C measured by the proposed method, the dichromate digestion titration, and oven oxidation by total organic C (TOC) analytical method. This method is a simple, rapid, and economical procedure associated with fumigation-extraction for biomass C analysis.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Marcel Dekker Inc.
Copyright: © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6402
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