The effect of herbicides and permanent swards on soil microbial populations in the vineyard

Melanie Weckert, Ronald Hutton, Emily Rouse, Robert Lamont

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupersoil 2004
Subtitle of host publication3rd Australian New Zealand Soils Conference
EditorsB. Singh
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Regional Institute Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)192084225X
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventAustralian New Zealand Soils Conference - University of Sydney, Australia, Australia
Duration: 05 Dec 200409 Dec 2004


ConferenceAustralian New Zealand Soils Conference


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