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peer-reviewed research article

Soil sterilization and organic carbon, but not microbial inoculants, change microbial communities in replanted peach orchards


Rebecca E. Drenovsky
Roger A. Duncan, Stanislaus County
Kate M. Scow, UC Davis

publication information

California Agriculture 59(3):176-181. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v059n03p176. July-September 2005.


Commercial soil inoculants plus organic carbon improved soil composition no better than simple organic carbon alone; plastic mulch performed well compared with chemical fumigants.

author affiliations

R.E. Drenovsky is Postdoctoral Researcher; R.A. Duncan is Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Stanislaus County. The authors thank Kevin Feris for manuscript review, and Kim Chuong, Levina Loveless, Anita Setty and Angela Maroney for sample preparation and analysis. A special thank you is extended to Norman Kline, grower, for participating in the trial. A grant from the California Cling Peach Board made this work possible. K.M. Scow is Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis;