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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 250805, 4 pages
Research Article

Determination of the Proportion of Total Soil Extracellular Acid Phosphomonoesterase (E.C. Activity Represented by Roots in the Soil of Different Forest Ecosystems

Department of Geology and Soil Science, Mendel University in Brno, Zemedelska 3, 613 00, Brno, Czech Republic

Received 13 February 2012; Accepted 10 April 2012

Academic Editors: F. Darve and U. Feller

Copyright © 2012 Klement Rejsek et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study is to present a new method for determining the root-derived extracellular acid phosphomonoesterase (EAPM) activity fraction within the total EAPM activity of soil. EAPM activity was determined for roots, organic and mineral soil. Samples were collected using paired PVC cylinders, inserted to a depth of 15 cm, within seven selected forest stands. Root-derived EAPM formed between 4 and18% of the total EAPM activity of soil from forests of differing maturity. A new approach, presented in this work, enables separation of root-derived EAPM activity from total soil EAPM. Separation of root-derived EAPM from soil provides a better understanding of its role in P-cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. The method presented in this work is a first step towards the separation of root- and microbe-derived EAPM in soils, which are thought to possess different kinetic properties and different sensitivity to environmental change.