Soil enzymology: classical and molecular approaches

P. Nannipieri, Edoardo Puglisi, L. Giagnoni, G. Renella, Nicoleta Suciu, Ilenia Cattani, B. Ceccanti, Gabriella Fait, G. Masciandaro, F. Fornasier, M. C. Moscatelli, S. Marinari, Marco Trevisan

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It is still problematic to use enzyme activities as indicators of soil functions because: (1) enzyme assays determine potential and not real enzyme activities; (2) the meaning of measured enzyme activities is not known; (3) the assumption that a single enzyme activity is an indicator of nutrient dynamics in soil neglects that the many enzyme activities are involved in such dynamic processes; (4) spatio-temporal variations in natural environments are not always considered when measuring enzyme activities; and (5) many direct and indirect effects make difficult the interpretation of the response of the enzyme activity to perturbations, changes in the soil management, changes in the plant cover of soil, etc. This is the first review discussing the links between enzyme-encoding genes and the relative enzyme activity of soil. By combining measurements of enzyme activity in soil with expression (transcriptomics and proteomics) of genes, encoding the relative enzymes may contribute to understanding the mode and timing of microbial communities’ responses to substrate availability and persistence and stabilization of enzymes in the soil.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)743-762
Numero di pagine20
RivistaBiology and Fertility of Soils
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • enzyme kinetics
  • enzymes activity
  • genes encoding enzymes
  • soil enzyme


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