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2017 Annual Meeting | Oct. 22-25 | Tampa, FL

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Division: SSSA Division: Soil Chemistry

Title: Soil Enzymes: Methods of Analyses and Mechanisms Oral (includes student competition)

Organizers: Andrew J. Margenot , Sanjai J. Parikh and Deb P. Jaisi
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Cosponsor: SSSA Division: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
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Format: Oral Topical Session
Keywords: biochemistry, gene expression, mineralization and nutrient cycling

Session Description: Cycling of key nutrients (C, N, P, S) in soils is strongly mediated by soil enzymes. The goal of this topical session is to showcase advances in how soil enzymes are measured, conceptualized, and incorporated to enhance our understanding of biogeochemical processes in soils. Emphasis will be given to novel methods of soil enzyme assays and interdisciplinary work drawing on approaches and perspectives from traditional biochemistry. This includes soil-specific artifacts in activity assays, distinguishing among multiple enzyme sources, characterizing enzyme kinetics, linking enzyme activity with biochemical and microbiological processes, and enzyme-specific isotope signatures in soils.