A soil and microbial characterization of two sites in Hopkins Memorial Forest

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"The soil environment is highly complex in terms of the interactions occurring between abiotic factors, soil microbes, fungi, and plant communities. This project examines two sites of differing elevations in Hopkins Forest and aims to characterize them in terms of physical characteristics, enzyme activity, and microbial communities. The sites differed significantly in average wind speed, pH, and soil carbon and nitrogen. Acid phosphatase activity was significantly different between the two sites, was negatively associated with pH, and was positively associated with soil carbon and soil moisture, indicating that these factors all play important roles in regulating phosphate availability in soil. N-acteyl-glucosaminidase activity was also positively associated with soil moisture. This information is useful in forming a baseline picture of how soil characteristics affect processes occurring within their communities. This information will prove essential as soil environments change over time due to climate change. Prep work was also complete during this study that will allow for future characterization of the microbial community, allowing for more in depth understanding of the soil microbiome."

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