Articles | Volume 2, issue 3
SOIL, 2, 487–498, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-487-2016
SOIL, 2, 487–498, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-487-2016

Original research article 21 Sep 2016

Original research article | 21 Sep 2016

Citrate and malonate increase microbial activity and alter microbial community composition in uncontaminated and diesel-contaminated soil microcosms

Belinda C. Martin et al.

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ED: Publish as is (29 Jul 2016) by Fuensanta García-Orenes
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ED: Publish as is (05 Sep 2016) by Fuensanta García-Orenes
ED: Publish as is (07 Sep 2016) by Lily Pereg(Executive Editor)
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The aim of this paper was to determine the impact of citrate and malonate on microbial activity and community structure in uncontaminated and diesel-contaminated soil. The results suggest that these carboxylates can stimulate microbial activity and alter microbial community structure but appear to have a minimal effect on enhancing degradation of diesel. However, our results suggest that carboxylates may have an important role in shaping microbial communities even in contaminated soils.