Decomposition and spatial microbial heterogeneity associated with native shrubs in soils of agroecosystems in semi-arid Senegal

The shrub canopy effect on the microbial communities was stronger than the residue type

S. Diedhiou; E.L. Dossa; A.N. Badiane; I. Diedhiou; M. Sène; R.P. Dick

2008

Scholarcy highlights

  • The interactions of the tree component with soils in the parkland systems of Africa have been investigated but little research has been done on unrecognized native woody shrubs that coexist with crops in farmers’ fields, in the Sahel
  • The shrub canopy effect on the microbial communities was stronger than the residue type
  • We conclude that shrub rhizospheres in Sahaliean agroecosystems are distinct components in controlling microbial community composition, promoting fungi, microbial diversity, and litter decomposition

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