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Table 3 Microbial enzymes activities and microbial biomass of carbon and nitrogen evaluated in the soils samples at the 0–10 cm layer in an Oxisol under native vegetation of Cerrados (Native) or cropped with soybean/corn under no-tillage (NT) or conventional tillage (CT) systems

From: Shifts in taxonomic and functional microbial diversity with agriculture: How fragile is the Brazilian Cerrado?

Treatment *MB-N *MB-C β-Glucosidase Arylsulfatase Acid Phosphatase
  mg/kg soil mg/kg soil mg p-nitrofenol/kg soil/h
NT 30.71 B 215.86 B 150.03 A 70.73 A 812.09 A
CT 23.85 B 150.65 C 92.51 B 41.75 B 621.13 B
Native 84.13 A 539.08 A 94.30 B 71.50 A 824.58 A
p 0.0017 0.0000 0.0124 0.0126 0.0061
CV% 18.19 3.34 12.63 12.04 5.41
  1. Values in columns sharing the same letter do not differ significantly (p < 0.05) as determined by the Tukey’s test
  2. *MB-N- Microbial Biomass-Nitrogen
  3. *MB-C- Microbial Biomass-Carbon