Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 1

Microbial Population Changes in Pine Forest Soil of Gulmarg as Influenced by Vehicular Pollution

Rouf A. Faruqi1, Javeed I.A. Bhat1 and Tauseef A. Bhat2

1Division of Environmental Sciences, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir-191121, India. 2Division of Agronomy, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir-191121, India.

Received on 29 Feburary 2014 and accepted on 16 May 2014

 

ABSTRACT

The present study was conducted during autumn 2010 and spring 2011 at three different locations and each location comprising of disturbed and undisturbed sites in Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir, India. From each site five composite soil samples from the rhizosphere of Pinus wallichiana were taken in and analysed for soil organic carbon, soil nitrogen and microbial population (Bacteria and Fungi). After analysing the soil samples, it was observed that organic carbon and available nitrogen of the soil was found significantly higher at the undisturbed sites at all the locations in both the seasons. Organic carbon does not show much variation while as available nitrogen in spring season was found significantly higher than that in autumn season. The population of both bacteria and fungi was found significantly higher at undisturbed sites than the disturbed ones in both the seasons. Spring season showed a decline in the microbial population (bacteria and fungi) as compared to autumn season.

Keywords : Pollution, Microbial population, rhizosphere, Pinus wallichiana, disturbed, Organic carbon.