Changes on microbial C and enzyme activities in soil with amendment of composted tannery sludge after 9 years

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Federal University of Piauí

Abstract

Purpose The consecutive amendment of composted tannery sludge (CTS) could promote changes in the status of soil microorganisms. Thus, this study evaluated the changes on microbial C and enzyme activities in soil after 9 years of CTS amendment. Methods CTS was amended from 2009 to 2018 at fve rates: 0, 2.5, 5,10, and 20 ton ha−1. In 2018, the soil chemical properties (pH, electric conductivity, P, K, Cr, and total organic C), microbial C and enzyme activities were evaluated after 30 days from the amendment. Results The values of chemical properties increased after nine years of CTS application. The content of microbial C and the enzyme activities increased with the amendment of 2.5 and 5 ton ha−1, and decreased with the amendment of10 and 20 ton ha−1. Conclusion This study showed that the amendment of10 and 20 ton ha−1 of CTS increased soil pH and Cr concentration and promoted a decreasing on soil microbial C and enzyme activities.

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