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Studies on Soil Microbes of Tropical Moist Forest in Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Journal: International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology (Vol.2, No. 3)

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Page : 1312-1321

Keywords : Soil Microbes; Tropical Moist Forest; Plantation Forestry; Crop Production.;

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Soil microbes vary according to forest stand and composition and this two governs soil condition. Rural farmers believe that moist or wet soil is not suitable for forest and agricultural production. This study investigated soil microbes in a tropical moist forest soil as well as the physico-chemical properties, on the backdrop that soil microbial population, organic carbon content, electrical conductivity, and acidity have been used as good indicators of soil fertility. Three forest stands were chosen viz; high forested area (site A), low forested area (site B), and cultivated area (site C) 5m x 5m sample plot sizes were mapped out from each selected site and one sample plot per selected area were randomly chosen for investigation. Soil samples were collected for analyses. Results shows that mean values for bacteria counts were not significantly different among the sites (p< 0.05). Mean values for fungi isolates were significantly different among the sites (p< 0.05), the mean values of bacteria counts for low forested soil and cultivated land were significantly different (p< 0.05) while site A was not. Mean values for the physico-chemical parameters investigated were not significantly different (p< 0.05) across the sites. The soil could sustain plantation forestry and crop production.

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