This paper reports on an investigation of the effects of herbicide versus site adapted permanent swards on soil microbial populations in two vineyards: one in a warm climate and the other in a cooler climate. The population dynamics and diversity of the soil fungi, bacteria and actinomycete community were monitored for 2.5 years. Preliminary results indicate that herbicide use caused changes to the microbial community in the inter-row soil. Soil from plots that had been repeatedly treated with herbicide contained lower populations of cellulolytic bacteria, Pseudomonas spp. and fungi. The decline in the soil pseudomonad population was most severe in the cooler climate vineyard.
|Title of host publication||Supersoil 2004|
|Subtitle of host publication||3rd Australian New Zealand Soils Conference|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||The Regional Institute Ltd.|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||Australian New Zealand Soils Conference - University of Sydney, Australia, Australia|
Duration: 05 Dec 2004 → 09 Dec 2004
|Conference||Australian New Zealand Soils Conference|
|Period||05/12/04 → 09/12/04|
Weckert, M., Hutton, R., Rouse, E., & Lamont, R. (2004). The effect of herbicides and permanent swards on soil microbial populations in the vineyard. In B. Singh (Ed.), Supersoil 2004: 3rd Australian New Zealand Soils Conference (pp. 1-11). The Regional Institute Ltd..