Effect of mineral and organic additions on soil microbial composition
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Department of Microbiology and Biomonitoring, University of Agriculture in Kraków, al. Mickiewicza 24/28, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
Department of Mineralogy, Petrography and Geochemistry, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
Department of Environmentalistics and Natural Resources, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1/1665, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of Agriculture in Kraków, Mickiewicza 21, 31-120 Kraków, Poland
Final revision date: 2022-04-01
Acceptance date: 2022-04-06
Publication date: 2022-05-25
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Katarzyna Wolny-Koładka   

Department of Microbiology and Biomonitoring, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland
Int. Agrophys. 2022, 36(2): 131-138
  • The microbiocenotic composition of the soil.
  • Innovative mineral-organic soil fertilization.
  • Cultivation of wheat and rape.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of different mineral-organic mixtures on changes in soil microbial composition and chemical properties. The design of the pot experiment included 6 treatments: soil without fertilization – C, soil fertilized with mineral NPK fertilizers – MF, soil with NPK + 3 or 6% lignite and 3% zeolite-vermiculite composite (MF+CW3%, MF+CW6%), soil with NPK + 3 or 6% leonardite and 3% zeolite-vermiculite composite (MF+CL3%, MF+CL6%). The test plants were spring oilseed rape and spring wheat. The highest number of microorganisms was observed: for oilseed rape – in the soil of the MF+CW3% and MF+CW6% treatments, and for wheat – in the soil of the MF+CL3% and MF+CL6% treatments. The maximum percentage increase in the number of analysed microorganisms, for spring rape and spring wheat, respectively, was: bacteria 190% (MF+CW3%) and 1198% (MF+CL3%), mould fungi 221% (MF+CW3%) and 1601% (MF+CL3%), Azotobacter spp. 248% (MF+CW6%) and 251% (MF+CL3%), actinomycetes 116% (MF+CW3%) and 251% (MF+CL3%). The beneficial effect of the applied mineral-organic mixtures on soil biological activity is closely related to the effect of these materials on soil chemical properties, such as pH or electrical conductivity, which was confirmed by the calculated correlation coefficients.
This work was supported by the project “Fly ashes as precursors of functionalized materials for applications in environmental engineering, civil engineering and agriculture” – the project is carried out within the TEAM-NET programme of the Foundation for Polish Science POIR.04.04.00-00-14E6/18-00. (2020-2023).
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest
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