Soil Enzymology

Enzymes are the vital activators in life processes, likewise in the soil they are known to play a substantial role in maintaining soil health and its environment. Soil enzymes are critically important to the functioning of the soil. Soil enzymes are the product of soil microorganisms and are the drivers for biogeochemical cycling in soils. Soil enzymes are also involved in remediation of contaminated soils. As a result, soil enzymes have been considered indicators for soil ecosystem health. The enzymatic activity in the soil is mainly of microbial origin, being derived from intracellular, cell-associated or free enzymes. A unique balance of chemical, physical, and biological (including microbial especially enzyme activities) components contribute to maintaining soil health. Evaluation of soil health therefore requires indicators of all these components. Healthy soils are essential for the integrity of terrestrial ecosystems to remain intact or to recover from disturbances, such as drought, climate change, pest infestation, pollution, and human exploitation including agriculture. Deterioration of soil, and thereby soil health, is of concern for human, animal, and plant health because air, groundwater, and surface water consumed by humans, can be adversely affected by mismanaged and contaminated soil.

  • Methodology of Soil Enzyme
  • Enzyme Diversity in Soils
  • Michaelis–Menten Enzyme Kinetics
  • Application of Kinetic Models

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