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Table 4 Seasonal and mean annual microbial biomass carbon (MBC) across soil depths (0-30 cm) in study site (Means ±SE followed by common letter are not statistically different by Tukey’s HSD test at 5% level of significance)

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

Land-use type Soil Depth
(cm)
MBC (μg g−1) MBC (μg g− 1)
Summer Rainy Winter Annual Mean Summer Rainy Winter Annual Mean
1st Year 2nd Year
Subtropical Forest 0–15 539.30 ± 12.32 a 758.29 ± 17.22 b 442.23 ± 13.34 c 579.94 ± 14.29 d 546.10 ± 17.23 a 764.30 ± 21.42 b 436.20 ± 12.34 c 582.20 ± 16.99 ad
15–30 318.96 ± 09.21 a 403.22 ± 08.78 b 234.70 ± 06.34 c 318.96 ± 08.11 ad 324.98 ± 07.87 a 421.27 ± 06.67 b 270.81 ± 05.32 c 339.02 ± 06.62 ad
Mean 429.13 ± 10.76 a 580.75 ± 13.00 b 338.46 ± 09.84 c 449.44 ± 11.20 ad 435.54 ± 12.55 a 592.78 ± 14.04 b 353.50 ± 08.83 c 460.61 ± 11.80 ad
Cardamom Agroforestry 0–15 461.08 ± 11.65 a 604.75 ± 13.45 b 417.90 ± 09.89ac 494.57 ± 11.66 d 471.20 ± 10.43 a 592.41 ± 08.21 b 427.70 ± 07.87 c 497.10 ± 08.83 d
15–30 252.76 ± 08.11 a 394.94 ± 08.32 b 222.67 ± 05.99 c 290.12 ± 07.47 d 257.59 ± 07.54 a 388.71 ± 08.32 b 222.70 ± 07.66 c 289.66 ± 07.89 d
Mean 356.92 ± 09.88 a 499.84 ± 10.88 b 320.28 ± 07.94 c 392.34 ± 09.56 d 364.39 ± 08.98 a 490.56 ± 08.26 b 325.20 ± 07.76 c 393.38 ± 08.36 d
Paddy Cropland 0–15 399.80 ± 13.32 a 458.23 ± 17.33 b 356.91 ± 8.76 c 404.98 ± 13.13 ad 400.10 ± 12.32 a 435.55 ± 15.34 b 344.87 ± 6.78 c 393.51 ± 11.48 ad
15–30 252.76 ± 10.23 a 258.78 ± 11.56 a 192.58 ± 8.78 c 234.71 ± 10.19 ad 228.64 ± 9.79 a 294.88 ± 12.83 b 186.54 ± 7.88 c 236.69 ± 10.16 ad
Mean 326.56 ± 11.77 a 358.50 ± 14.44 b 274.74 ± 8.77 c 319.84 ± 11.66 ad 314.37 ± 11.05 a 365.21 ± 14.08 b 265.70 ± 07.33 c 315.10 ± 21.64 ad
HSD (α = 5%) = 4.53
  1. HSD = Tukey’s honestly significant difference at 5% level of significance