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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2002  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 9  |  Page No.: 952 - 955

Changes in Enzyme Activity During the Decomposition of Plant Residues in Soil

M.H. Sajjad, A. Lodhi and F. Azam    

Abstract: An incubation experiment was conducted under laboratory conditions to study the changes in some soil enzymes during the decomposition of plant residues. Soil samples amended with powdered plant material of wheat, maize and sesbania were incubated for 8 weeks at moisture content of 60% of the maximum water holding capacity and 22-26°C for 8 weeks. At 0, 2, 4 and 8 weeks of incubation, portions of soil were analyzed for total C and activity of different enzymes. Maximum dehydrogenase and invertase activity was observed for sesbania and minimum in unamended soil, however there was no consistent trends with incubation intervals. Cellulase activity was not affected strongly by organic amendments, however it increased with time in amended than unamended soils. The differences between different treatments were non significant for urease.

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