Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
SOIL, 6, 17–34, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-17-2020
SOIL, 6, 17–34, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-17-2020

Forum article 31 Jan 2020

Forum article | 31 Jan 2020

Identification of new microbial functional standards for soil quality assessment

Sören Thiele-Bruhn et al.

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Soil quality depends on the functioning of soil microbiota. Only a few standardized methods are available to assess this as well as adverse effects of human activities. So we need to identify promising additional methods that target soil microbial function. Discussed are (i) molecular methods using qPCR for new endpoints, e.g. in N and P cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, (ii) techniques for fungal enzyme activities, and (iii) field methods on carbon turnover such as the litter bag test.