Depth integrated variation in the distribution of soil bacteria and its enzyme production from Ayiramthengu mangrove ecosystem of Kerala coast, India
Keywords:Soil, Heterotrophic bacteria, Mangrove, Depth, Enzyme
The present study focused on the distribution of bacteria at three different depths of soil column at three different sampling stations. Total heterotrophic bacteria population revealed that bacterial count decreased from upper zone to lower zone. Percentage composition of gram negative bacteria (70%) was abundant than gram positive forms. The overall generic composition revealed that Micrococcus sp. and Acinetobacter sp. (13% each) were the dominant genera. Enzyme production of bacteria revealed that phosphatase producers were comparatively higher than other studied enzymes at three different depths. Hence it could be inferred that Ayiramthengu mangrove ecosystem harbours diverse novel bacterial composition that differs along various depth of soil column that have the ability in enzyme production.
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