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Table 2 Summarized percentage of soil elements contained in soil microbial biomass

From: Changes in soil biochemical properties following replacement of Banj oak forest with Chir pine in Central Himalaya, India

Forest typeNmic/Ntot (%)Pmic/Ptot (%)N:P ratio in soilN:P ratio in microbial biomassReference
Banj oak5.07 (3.36–7.61)8.84 (6.20–13.0)4.66 (3.62–6.47)2.59 (1.98–3.28)Present study
Mixed oak-pine3.97 (2.90–5.93)9.12 (7.20–11.50)5.91 (3.90–8.50)2.47 (1.85–3.42)Present study
Chir pine10.71 (7.04–16.11)21.55 (13.0–39.0)6.60 (3.60–11.10)3.08 (2.05–4.46)Present study
Temperate coniferous forest2.62 (2.29–3.00)4.31 (2.85–6.51)15.20 (11.10–20.90)4.40 (3.60–5.40)Xu et al. (2013)
Temperate broadleaf forest2.42 (2.08–2.81)8.60 (6.22–11.89)19.90 (16.30–24.20)6.90 (6.00–7.90)Xu et al. (2013)
Mixed forest2.80 (2.61–3.02)6.72 (5.61–8.04)15.70 (14.10–17.50)4.80 (4.20–5.40)Xu et al. (2013)
Cropland1.78 (0.92–3.87)4.19 (2.86–5.63)6.18 (3.11–10.57)2.49 (1.44–5.46)Bargali et al. (2019)
Mixed plantation2.60 (0.74–5.03)5.59 (3.43–7.62)5.34 (3.23–8.43)2.27 (1.07–3.98)Bargali et al. (2019)
  1. Nmic microbial nitrogen, Ntot total soil nitrogen, Pmic microbial phosphorus, Ptot total soil phosphorus