Skip to Main Content
Selected soil enzyme activities in an oak-hickory forest following long-term prescribed burningAuthor(s): M. R. Bayan; F. Eivazi
Source: In: Gillespie, Andrew R.; Parker, George R.; Pope, Phillip E.; Rink, George: eds. Proceedings of the 9th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-161. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 485-487
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: North Central Research Station
PDF: Download Publication (519.19 KB)
DescriptionThe biochemical reactions within the soil are mediated by soil flora and fauna, and are catalyzed by enzymes. Therefore, enzymes play a significant role in nutrient cycling. Enzymes are specific for the type of chemical reactions in which they participate. Arylsulfatase is the enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of an arylsulfate anion by fission of the oxygen-sulfur (0-5) bond. ∝-Glucosidase catalyzes the hydrolysis of ∝-D-glucopyranosides and is involved in the hydrolysis of maltose. β-Glucosidase catalyzes the hydrolysis of β-D-glucopyranosides and is involved in the hydrolysis of cellobiose. The hydrolysis products of glycosidases are believed to be an important energy source for microorganisms in soils (Tabatabai, 1982). Acid phosphatase mediates the release of inorganic phosphorus (P) from organically-bound P returned to the soil as litter and other organic debris. Urease catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea to carbon dioxide and ammonia. It acts on carbon-nitrogen (C-N) bonds other than the peptide linkage. Urease is important in organic N mineralization (Tabatabai, 1982).
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationBayan, M. R.; Eivazi, F. 1993. Selected soil enzyme activities in an oak-hickory forest following long-term prescribed burning. In: Gillespie, Andrew R.; Parker, George R.; Pope, Phillip E.; Rink, George: eds. Proceedings of the 9th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-161. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 485-487
- The distribution of nitrogen and phosphorus in forest floor layers of oak-hickory forests of varying productivity
- The Role of Fine Root Dynamics in the N and P Cycles of Regenerating Upland Oak-Hickory Forests
- Carbon and nitrogen pools in oak-hickory forests of varying productivity
XML: View XML