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Soil Exchangeable Cations Increase Microbial Carbon Use Efficiency and Microbial Growth in Acidic Soils

Perth, WA

Microbial growth and function is influenced by the properties of the surrounding soil where surface chemistry mediates interactions between individual organisms and their local microenvironment. We hypothesised that the addition of exchangeable base cations, necessary for microbial biochemical function, will increase microbial growth in acidic soils.