African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5210

Full Length Research Paper

Agricultural utilisation of dairy sewage sludge: Its effect on enzymatic activity and microorganisms of the soil environment

Magdalena FrÄ…c1* and Stefania Jezierska-Tys2
1Department of Plant and Soil System, Institute of Agrophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, ul.Doswiadczalna 4, 20-290 Lublin, Poland. 2Department of Agricultural Microbiology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, ul. Leszczynskiego 7, 20-069 Lublin, Poland.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 June 2011
  •  Published: 18 July 2011


Biochemical indices related with the transformations of C, N and P are frequently used in the diagnosis of soil quality. Such an assessment usually includes analysis of the following enzymes – the activity of dehydrogenases and of hydrolytic enzymes such as phosphatases, urease and protease. The objective of the study presented here was evaluation of dairy sewage sludge as an agent causing an improvement of soil quality or its degradation. Estimation of soil quality was performed on the basis of a comprehensive study comprising analyses of microbiological and biochemical parameters. The results of the study indicate a stimulating effect of dairy sewage sludge on the soil microorganisms, which was apparent also as an increase in the activity of the enzymes studied. That effect should be attributed to soil enrichment in organic matter, total nitrogen and minerals.


Key words: Dairy sewage sludge, enzymatic activity, microorganisms, soil.