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TABLE 15.6 Oxidation States of Microbiologically Important Forms of Sulfur in Soil

Compound

Formula

Oxidation state(s) of sulfur

Sulfate

so2-

+6

Pentathionate

S5O2-

-2, +6

Tetrathionate

S4O2-

-2, + 6

Trithionate

S3O2-

-2, + 6

Dithionate

S2O2-

+6

Thiosulfate

S2O32-

-1, +5

Sulfite

so2-

+4

Hyposulfite (dithionite)

S204-

+3

Sulfur

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