FLORA AND FAUNA ISSN 2456-9364(Online) 0971-6920(Print)
2022 Vol.28 No.1 PP 63­-66
Coal mining in sub-humid forest : effect on microbial biomass Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Nutrient flux
S.C. Srivastava
Department of Botany,
D.A.V. (P.G.) College,
*Corresponding Author : Email : subhashsrivastava1962@gmail.com
The effect of open-cost mining for coal on microbial C, N and P in sub-humid tropical forest environment was determined. The mining activities have resulted in 64-98% decline in plant biomass and 67 to 73% in microbial nutrients in barren spoils. The decline in soil organic matter was 60-84% in these spoils. Revegetation of theses spoils resulted in 9-14 times increase in plant biomass and 1.5 to 5 times in soil nutrients. Also microbial nutrients increased 2.5 to 3 times in revegetated sports as compared to barren dumps.

Key words : Coal Mining, Forest, Humid, Microbial Biomass, Nutrient Flux.
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