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Measuring Soil Microbial Activity

    This activity examines how soil microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, are involved in carbon cycling. Students design experiments to explore the relationship between microbial respiration rates and soil variables such as temperature, habitat, soil type, and agricultural management choices. Four methods for measuring CO2 released from soil are provided, one in the field (CO2 probe), and three in the lab (CO2 probe, bromothymol blue (BTB) and acid-base titration).
    Primary or BEN resource type
    General Biology Core Concepts
    Discipline Specific Core Concepts
    General Biology Competencies
    Life science discipline (subject)
    Keywords decomposition, respiration, carbon sequestration, climate change, microbial ecology, soils, carbon cycle
    Intended End User Role
    Educational Language
    Pedagogical Use Description N/A
    Primary Author Controlled Name
    Primary Author Affiliation GLBRC
    Primary Author email
    Rights Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
    Date Of Record Submission 2017-01-10

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