Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Research article
09 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 09 Oct 2018

Influence of slope aspect on the microbial properties of rhizospheric and non-rhizospheric soils on the Loess Plateau, China

Ze Min Ai, Jiao Yang Zhang, Hong Fei Liu, Sha Xue, and Guo Bin Liu

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Cited articles

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Short summary
Slope aspect significantly but differently affected the soil microbial biomass carbon and phospholipid fatty acid contents. Soil carbon and nitrogen have the largest effect on the soil microbial properties. The rhizospheric effect caused significant difference between rhizospheric and non-rhizospheric soil microbial properties. Slope aspect affected the mechanisms driving the structure of microbial communities in a micro-ecosystem environment.