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Table 5 Soil microbial quotient (MBC/SOC) % in different land-use types of Eastern Himalayas. Means ± SE sharing the same letter are not statistically different by HSD test at 5% level of confidence

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

Land-use type Soil depth (cm) Summer Rainy Winter Mean
Subtropical forest 0–15 0.78 ± 0.12a 0.59 ± 0.14a 0.93 ± 0.08ab 0.77 ± 0.11a
15–30 1.09 ± 0.06a 0.98 ± 0.11a 1.38 ± 0.07b 1.15 ± 0.08ac
Mean 1.87 ± 0.18a 1.57 ± 0.25a 2.30 ± 0.15ab 1.91 ± 0.19a
Cardamom agroforestry 0–15 0.88 ± 0.09a 0.72 ± 0.11a 0.93 ± 0.06a 0.85 ± 0.08a
15–30 1.42 ± 0.05a 1.02 ± 0.05b 1.49 ± 0.06ac 1.31 ± 0.05ad
Mean 2.30 ± 0.13a 1.74 ± 0.16b 2.43 ± 0.12ac 2.16 ± 0.13ad
Paddy cropland 0–15 0.78 ± 0.07a 0.78 ± 0.10a 0.91 ± 0.07a 0.83 ± 0.08a
15–30 1.19 ± 0.05a 1.14 ± 0.06a 1.44 ± 0.04c 1.26 ± 0.05ad
Mean 1.97 ± 0.12a 1.92 ± 0.16a 2.35 ± 0.11c 2.08 ± 0.13a
HSD (α = 5%) = 4.53
  1. HSD Tukey’s HSD test at 5% level of significance