NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
Volume No: 17|
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Title: Soil Microbial Populations Associated with Different Land Use Types
Bassey, D. E., Udoumoh, I.D.J and Akpanurom, K.
EPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE,
AKWA IBOM STATE UNIVERSITY, OBIO AKPA CAMPUS.
MAIN CAMPUS: IKOT AKPADEN, MKPAT ENIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, AKWA IBOM STATE.
Land use and soil management practices strongly affect the soils ability to provide ecosystem services which
micro organisms play an important role. The study was conducted to assess microbial population associated
with different land use types in Abakusung Idim in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The
land use types were Fallow land, Arable land and Oil palm. Nine composite samples, three from each land use
type were analysed. Bacterial count was higher than fungal count in all the land use types and fallow land had
highest number of microbial biomass compared to other land use types. The types of organisms were similar
in all the land use types with just a few variations due to similar climatic conditions obtainable in the region.