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Table 3 Pearson correlation coefficient between soil microbial biomass and soil characteristics

From: Effect of land use, season, and soil depth on soil microbial biomass carbon of Eastern Himalayas

  MBC M BD pH SOC N P ST RH RF
MBC 1          
M 0.495* 1         
BD − 0.483* − 0.693** 1        
pH − 0.566* − 0.508* 0.137NS 1       
SOC 0.875** 0.157NS − 0.530* − 0.508* 1      
N 0.851** 0.193NS 0.422NS − 0.625** 0.962** 1     
P 0.843** 0.244NS 0.404NS − 0.712** 0.892** 0.924** 1    
ST 0.754** 0.825** − 0.483* 0.736** 0.479* 0.448 0.492* 1   
RH 0.804** 0.774** − 0.369NS 0.756** 0.499* 0.472* 0.533* 0.950** 1  
RF 0.698** 0.451NS − 0.058NS − 0.007NS 0.430NS 0.358NS 0.474* 0.660** 0.840** 1
  1. MBC microbial biomass carbon, M moisture, BD bulk density, pH soil pH, SOC soil organic carbon, N nitrogen, P phosphorus, ST soil temperature, RH relative humidity, RF rainfall
  2. *Significant at 0.05, **significance at p < 0.01, ***significant at p < 0.001, NSnon-significant