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Table 8 Soil biophysical characteristics for three forest types

From: Recalcitrant carbon controls the magnitude of soil organic matter mineralization in temperate forests of northern China

Forest type SOC (g∙kg−1) TN (g∙kg−1) C:N SMBC (mg∙g−1 SOC) SMBN (mg∙g−1 TN) pH SBD (g∙cm−3)
P. tabulaeformis forest 17.80 a 1.46 a 12.13 a 50.77 a 60.91 a 5.98 a 1.11 b
Q. wutaishanica forest 33.90 b 2.79 b 12.05 a 26.97 a 38.48 a 6.16 a 0.99 a
Mixed forest 28.63 ab 2.22 ab 12.66 a 36.63 a 59.75 a 5.96 a 0.94 a
  1. Variant lowercase letter means significant difference at P < 0.05 among moisture gradients (n = 5)
  2. SOC soil organic carbon, TN total nitrogen content, SMBC soil microbial biomass carbon, SMBN soil microbial biomass nitrogen, SBD soil bulk density