Comparison of soil microbial communities from two distinct karst areas in Hungary

Mónika Knáb, Tibor Szili-Kovács, Klaudia Kiss, Márton Palatinszky, Károly Márialigeti, János Móga, Andrea Borsodi

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Karst areas belong to the most exposed terrestrial ecosystems, therefore their study have a priority task in Hungary, as well. The aim of this study was to compare the structure, activity and diversity of soil microbial communities from two distinct Hungarian karst areas (Aggtelek NP and Tapolca-basin). Soil samples were taken three times from 6 distinct sites, from different depths. Soil microbial biomass C (MBC), microbial biomass N (MBN), basal respiration (BRESP) and substrate induced respiration (SIR) were measured. The phylogenetic diversity of bacterial communities was compared by Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE). The highest MBC, MBN, BRESP and SIR values were measured in the rendzina soil from Aggtelek. On the basis of biomass and respiration measurements, microbial communities differentiated mainly according to soil depths whereas DGGE profiles of bacterial communities resulted in groups mainly according to sampling sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-105
Number of pages15
JournalActa microbiologica et immunologica Hungarica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2012


  • DGGE
  • SIR
  • karst
  • microbial biomass C and N
  • soil bacterial community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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