Effect of long-term irrigation water salinity on soil properties and microbial biomass

Adele Muscolo, Carmelo Mallamaci, Maria Rosaria Panuccio, R. Caputo, Stefania De Pascale

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/v10090-011-0022-7


We assessed the effects of saline water irrigation on soil properties and microbial activity. Increasing salinity microbial activity decreased. 1% salinity strongly affected soil biochemical properties and microorganisms. Our results indicate that 0.5% salinity may be tolerated by soil microorganisms suggesting a possible use of brackish water in agriculture soils.


brackish water; enzyme activity; microbial biomass C; soil organic matter

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