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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(8): 266-279
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.708.032


Assessment of Soil Microbial Status under Different Land Use Systems in North Western Zone of Kashmir
Fozia Shafiq Wani1, Farida Akhter1, Shakeel Mir1, Zahoor Ahmed Baba2, Showkat Maqbool3, Mohammad Yousuf Zargar4 and Sajad Un Nabi5
1Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry FOA, Wadura, SKUAST –K, India
2Biofertilizer Research Laboratory, FOA, Wadura, SKUAST –K, India
3Division of Agri-economics and Statistics, FOA, Wadura, SKUAST –K, India
4Directorate of research, SKUAST –K, India
5ICAR-CITH, Old Airfield Rangreth, Srinagar, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Land use is characterized by the arrangements, activities and inputs that people undertake in a certain land cover type to produce change. It affects soil properties, overall soil health and the distribution supply of soil nutrients by directly altering biological transformations in the rooting zone. The present study “Assessment of soil microbial status under different land use systems in North western zone of Kashmir” was carried out to ascertain the biological properties of soils under five land use systems, viz., Forestry, Horticulture, Agriculture, Agri-Horti, Pasture at different locations viz., Gulmarg, Pattan, Ruhama, Baramulla, Sopore. The results revealed that, contrary to agro-ecosystem soils, forest showed the highest bacterial counts (cfu×106 /g soil) with mean value of (178.46) while, the lowest (68.60) was found in agriculture land use system. The highest fungal count (cfu×105/g soil) with mean value (96.53) was observed in forest land use system and lowest (16.20) in agriculture land use. The highest actinomycetes count (cfu ×105/g soil) with mean value (73.86) was found in forest land use and lowest count (9.66) in agriculture land use. The highest azotobacter count (cfu ×105/g soil) was found in forest land use with mean value of (63.53) and lowest in agriculture (8.33). The highest phosphate solubilizing bacteria count (cfu ×105/g soil) was found in forest land use with mean value of (33.06) and lowest in agriculture (7.53). Our study confirmed that, the highest microbial count was found in forest soils and lowest in agriculture soils, probably because of presence of larger carbon source in the form of organic matter present in the forest soils as compared to other land use systems.


Keywords: Land use system, Microbial count, Bacteria, Kashmir, Soil
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Fozia Shafiq Wani, Farida Akhter, Shakeel Mir, Zahoor Ahmed Baba, Showkat Maqbool, Mohammad Yousuf Zargar and Sajad Un Nabi. 2018. Assessment of Soil Microbial Status under Different Land Use Systems in North Western Zone of Kashmir.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(8): 266-279. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.708.032