Articles | Volume 2, issue 4
SOIL, 2, 523–535, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-523-2016
SOIL, 2, 523–535, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-523-2016

Original research article 19 Oct 2016

Original research article | 19 Oct 2016

Soil denitrifier community size changes with land use change to perennial bioenergy cropping systems

Karen A. Thompson et al.

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Dedicated bioenergy crops are required for future energy production; however the effects of land use change from traditional crops to biofuel crops on soil microbial communities, which drive greenhouse gas production, are largely unknown. We used quantitative PCR to enumerate these microbial communities to assess the sustainability of different bioenergy crops, including miscanthus and corn. We found that miscanthus may be a suitable crop for bioenergy production in variable Ontario conditions.