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Title: Linkages between soil enzyme activities and critical ecosystem processes in grasslands
Author: Cenini, Valeria Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 231X
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2016
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Soils are important life-supporting systems to human society and their long-term sustainability is high on both the scientific and political agenda. However soil functioning remains poorly understood because of the difficulty in studying complex biogeochemical interactions, which mostly occur belowground. This PhD study aims to improve the understanding of plant-soil-microbial interactions in grassland ecosystems. First, it was addressed how key microbial functions (i.e. extracellular enzyme activities) might respond to common management practices (e.g. nutrient fertilization) and to land use change (i.e. conversion from arable to grassland). Second potential linkages between enzyme activities and critical ecosystem processes such as soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) sequestration were investigated.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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