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Table 2 Responses of soil microbial biomass and community PLFAs to throughfall reduction treatment (TRT)

From: Differential responses of net N mineralization and nitrification to throughfall reduction in a Castanopsis hystrix plantation in southern China

Season Parameter 0–10 cm 10–20 cm
Control TRT Control TRT
Wet season MBC (mg∙kg−1) 174.60 (29.97) a 67.27 (31.04) a 37.57 (2.24) a 17.88 (4.41) b
  MBN (mg∙kg−1) 75.97 (9.88) a 55.80 (19.10) a 31.43 (8.86) a 38.96 (9.93) a
MBC/MBN ratio 2.29 (0.16) a 1.15 (0.16) b 1.59 (0.71) a 0.50 (0.13) a
Bacterial PLFAs (mol %) 54.73 (0.58) a 54.63 (1.36) a 58.23 (1.92) a 57.30 (0.35) a
Fungal PLFAs (mol %) 14.70 (0.48) a 18.30 (4.96) a 15.65 (2.96) a 16.42 (4.33) a
Bacteria/Fungi ratio 3.73 (0.16) a 3.41 (0.78) a 3.96 (0.68) a 3.95 (0.88) a
AMF PLFAs (mol %) 1.86 (0.07) a 1.16 (0.58) a 1.42 (0.73) a 1.71 (1.02) a
Dry season MBC (mg∙kg−1) 56.61 (14.23) a 74.42 (7.56) a 83.22 (25.41) a 79.03 (26.99) a
  MBN (mg∙kg−1) 44.56 (6.05) a 54.02 (7.66) a 33.29 (2.00) a 41.62 (19.17) a
MBC/MBN ratio 1.40 (0.51) a 1.45 (0.28) a 2.53 (0.82) a 2.52 (0.97) a
Bacterial PLFAs (mol %) 54.56 (0.77) a 53.90 (1.12) a 54.15 (1.31) a 55.66 (1.97) a
Fungal PLFAs (mol %) 16.03 (0.37) a 14.60 (0.43) a 13.94 (0.46) a 13.09 (0.54) a
Bacteria/Fungi ratio 3.41 (0.12) a 3.70 (0.18) a 3.89 (0.14) a 4.28 (0.32) a
AMF PLFAs (mol %) 2.32 (0.09) a 2.14 (0.11) a 2.16 (0.11) a 1.84 (0.05) b
  1. Different lowercase letters indicate significant differences between the TRT and the control for the same soil depth and season (P < 0.05). Values are mean (n = 3) with SE in parentheses