Amino Acid: Its Dual Role as Nutrient and Scavenger of Free Radicals in Soil
AbstractAscorbic acid is a bacteriostatic agent; one of the many ways by which ascorbic acid hampers bacterial growth is by the production of hydrogen peroxide, which further converts into hydroxyl free radicals. Certain amino acids can counteract the inhibitory effect of hydroxyl free radicals by checking their oxidizing effect. Though ascorbic acid is bacteriostatic in nature, it facilitates prokaryotic respiration by decarboxylation. This study was carried out to understand how microbes from different horizons of the forest soil respond to the addition of a bacteriostatic agent (ascorbic acid) and growth promoting agent (amino acids), with respect to the soil respiration. We observed that the addition of either ascorbic acid or a combination of it with amino acid consistently results in increased soil respiration, and this increase is different for different soil types depending on soil composition and origin. Furthermore, we also found that beta alanine-induced maximum respiration in basic soils and L-glutamic in acidic soils. This study is significant because it can be used to explain how a strong reducing sugar, i.e., ascorbic acid, affects the soil respiration mediated via soil microbes. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first report that demonstrates the effect of bacteriostatic and the growth promoting agent together on microbe-mediated soil respiration. View Full-Text
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Datta, R.; Baraniya, D.; Wang, Y.-F.; Kelkar, A.; Meena, R.S.; Yadav, G.S.; Teresa Ceccherini, M.; Formanek, P. Amino Acid: Its Dual Role as Nutrient and Scavenger of Free Radicals in Soil. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1402.
Datta R, Baraniya D, Wang Y-F, Kelkar A, Meena RS, Yadav GS, Teresa Ceccherini M, Formanek P. Amino Acid: Its Dual Role as Nutrient and Scavenger of Free Radicals in Soil. Sustainability. 2017; 9(8):1402.Chicago/Turabian Style
Datta, Rahul; Baraniya, Divyashri; Wang, Yong-Feng; Kelkar, Aditi; Meena, Ram S.; Yadav, Gulab S.; Teresa Ceccherini, Maria; Formanek, Pavel. 2017. "Amino Acid: Its Dual Role as Nutrient and Scavenger of Free Radicals in Soil." Sustainability 9, no. 8: 1402.
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