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CEN - EN ISO 14240-2

Soil quality - Determination of soil microbial biomass - Part 2: Fumigation-extraction method

active, Most Current
Organization: CEN
Publication Date: 1 June 2011
Status: active
Page Count: 16
ICS Code (Biological properties of soils): 13.080.30
scope:

This part of ISO 14240 specifies a method for the estimation of microbial biomass of soils by measurement of total extractable organic biomass material mainly from freshly killed microorganisms. The method is also applicable to the estimation of microbial nitrogen and microbial ninhydrin-reactive nitrogen in soil, but this part of ISO 14240 describes only the measurement of extractable organic carbon. The fumigation-extraction (FE) method is applicable to aerobic and anaerobic (water-logged, paddy) soils over the whole range of soil pH. Biomass can be also measured in soils containing actively decomposing substrates and soils supersaturated with potassium sulfate solution.

NOTE Chloroform fumigation also affects soil fauna. The contribution of carbon from these organisms is generally small (< 5 %) and can usually be neglected.

Document History

EN ISO 14240-2
June 1, 2011
Soil quality - Determination of soil microbial biomass - Part 2: Fumigation-extraction method
This part of ISO 14240 specifies a method for the estimation of microbial biomass of soils by measurement of total extractable organic biomass material mainly from freshly killed microorganisms. The...

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