Effect of carbon dioxide concentration on microbial respiration in soil

Hiroshi Koizumi*, Toshie Nakadai, Youzou Usami, Mitsumasa Satoh, Masae Shiyomi, Takehisa Oikawa

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In order to assess the validity of conventional methods for measuring CO2 flux from soil, the relationship between soil microbial respiration and ambient CO2 concentration was studied using an open-flow infra-red gas analyser (IRGA) method. Andosol from an upland field in central Japan was used as a soil sample. Soil microbial respiration activity was depressed with the increase of CO2 concentration in ventilated air from 0 to 1000 ppmv. At 1000 ppmv, the respiration rate was less than half of that at 0 ppmv. Thus, it is likely that soil respiration rate is overestimated by the alkali absorption method, because CO2 concentration in the absorption chamber is much lower than the normal level. Metabolic responses to CO2 concentration were different among groups of soil microorganisms. The bacteria actinomycetes group cultivated on agar medium showed a more sensitive response to the CO2 concentration than the filamentous fungi group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-232
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Andosol
  • CO concentration
  • Soil microbial respiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology


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