In the United States, twelve major soil texture classifications are defined by the United States Department of Agriculture.[1] The twelve classifications are sand, loamy sand, sandy loam, loam, silt loam, silt, sandy clay loam, clay loam, silty clay loam, sandy clay, silty clay, and clay.[5] Soil textures are classified by the fractions of each soil separate (sand, silt, and clay) present in a soil. Classifications are typically named for the primary constituent particle size or a combination of the most abundant particles sizes, e.g. sandy clay or silty clay. A fourth term, loam, is used to describe equal properties of sand, silt, and clay in a soil sample, and lends to the naming of even more classifications, e.g. clay loam or silt loam. Determining soil texture is often aided with the use of a soil texture triangle.[5] An example of a soil triangle is found on the right side of the page. One side of the triangle represents percent sand, the second side represents percent clay, and the ...
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defined patterns is called soil structure. inherent property of soil and cannot be modified within short period of time. No public clipboards found for this slide, Student at Stamford University Bangladesh. Soil Structure Sand, silt, clay, and organic-matter particles in a soil combine with one another to form larger particles of various shapes and sizes. True. Soil structure is not a stable parameter; it may vary depending on weather conditions, management, soil processes, etc. 1. together in the form of aggregates. Soil structure is the arrangement of the soil particles into clusters or aggregates of various sizes and shapes. Stones and gravels are excluded from the textural classes. Soil texture 1. Page 1 Soil-Structure Interaction Effects on Seismically Isolated Nuclear Power Plants Vasileios A. Drosos1, Aff.M.ASCE and Nicholas Sitar2, M.ASCE 1Assistant Project Scientist, PEER, University of California, Berkeley 2Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of ...
Samadi, A. and Gilkes, R.J. (1999). Availability to plants of forms of inorganic phosphorus for calcareous soils of South Western Australia. 6th International Meeting on Soils with Mediterranean Type of Climate. Barcelona, Spain. Pp,134-136. Samadi, A. and Gilkes, R.J. (1999). Distribution of forms of phosphorus and their contribution to soil P tests for calcareous soils of South Western Australia. 6th International Meeting on Soils with Mediterranean Type of Climate. Barcelona, Spain. Pp.: 137-139.. Samadi, A. (2001). Changes in added available phosphorus with time in contrasting calcareous soils with Mediterranean type of climate. 7th International Meeting on Soils with Mediterranean Type of Climate. Bari, Italy. Pp.: 231-234.. Samadi, A. (2004). Use of sorption isotherms for evaluating the phosphate requirement of some calcareous soils of Western Azarbaijan province, Iran. 8th International Meeting on Soils with Mediterranean Type of Climate. Marrakech, Morocco. Pp 153-156.. Samadi, A. ...
Cation exchange capacity (CEC) and total exchangeable cations (TEC) are two significant concepts in soil fertility. Cations refer to the positively charged nutrients in the soil, e.g. Ca2+ and K+. They are important as they give you an idea of how many cations a soil can potentially hold and how many cations are currently being held. Understanding exactly how these soil properties influence soil fertility and applying soil management systems that enhance these properties can assist in improving pasture quality and yield.. CEC is defined as the degree to which a soil can adsorb (hold/capture) and exchange cations with the soil solution1. This term is often confused with a soils TEC which refers to the number of basic cations that are held on the soil exchange sites (CEC sites) in comparison to the total sites and is usually reported in cmol(+)/kg soil. The ability of the soil to hold nutrients is greatly influenced by the soils organic matter (OM) content, which is mostly made up of carbon, as ...
The aim of this study was to evaluate a measuring technique for determining soil CO2 efflux from large soil samples having undisturbed structure under controlled laboratory conditions. Further objectives were to use the developed measuring method for comparing soil CO2 efflux from samples, collected in three different soil management systems at various soil water content values. The experimental technique was tested and optimised for timing of sampling by taking air samples after 1, 3 and 6 hours of incubation. Based on the results, the incubation time was set to three hours. The CO2 efflux measured for different soil management systems was the highest in the no-till and the lowest in the ploughing treatment, which was in accordance with measurements on accessible organic carbon for microbes. An increase in CO2 efflux with increasing soil water content was found in the studied soil water content range. Our results indicate that soil respiration rates, measured directly after tillage operations, ...
Introduction. The decline of soil organic matter as a result of agricultural land use was identified for review, with the ultimate aim of developing a soil protection strategy and policy for South Africa. Organic matter is of great importance in soil, because it impacts on the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. Physically, it promotes aggregate stability and therefore water infiltration, percolation and retention. It impacts on soil chemistry by increasing cation exchange capacity, soil buffer capacity and nutrient supply. Biologically, it stimulates the activity and diversity of organisms in soil.1. The organic matter content of soils is determined mainly by climate (rainfall and temperature), vegetation cover and, to a lesser extent, by topography, parent material and time. Changes in land use, however, can significantly impact on the organic matter content of soils. This impact usually results in the reduction of the organic matter content in soils. The largest of these ...
Cation exchange capacity indicates the ability of a soil to hold onto positively charged ions (cations) including plant nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and ammonium. The CEC is largely determined by clay content and organic matter. Clay has the greatest ability to hold cations, as it has a very large surface area compared to sand or silt (see Soil Texture in the Lab factsheet). Organic matter also has a high cation exchange capacity (up to 30 times greater than clay ...
Soil samples (0-60 cm) were collected from poplar based agro-forestry system varying in age from 2-20 years to study changes in total soil organic C (SOC), available phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Soil plough layer (0-15 cm) had significantly higher SOC concentration by 34, 61 and 83%, compared with 15-30, 30-45 and 45-60 cm soil depths, respectively. Soil organic C decreased significantly with increasing soil depth, regardless of the age of poplar plantation period. The concentration of available-P and K was significantly higher in the surface soil, and decreased with increasing soil depth. Available-P increased significantly (p|0.05) by 16.3-17.7% and available-K by 36.5-52.4% in soil plough layer (0-15 cm) under agro-forestry for 20-yrs, compared with soils under agro-forestry for 2-yrs. Soils under 20-yrs old agro-forestry system had 39.8% and 50.6% higher SOC in 0-7.5 cm and 7.5-15 cm soil depth, compared with soils under 2-yrs old plantation. These results revealed C and nutrients (P and K)
Conservation tillage is expected to have a positive effect on soil physical properties, soil Carbon (C) storage, while reducing fuel, labour and machinery costs. However, reduced tillage could increase soil nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and offset the expected gains from increased C sequestration. To date, conservation tillage is barely practiced or studied in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). Here, we report a field study on the short-term effects of reduced (RT) and no tillage (NT) on N2O emission dynamics, yield-scaled N2O emissions, soil structure and the economics of cereal production, as compared with conventional tillage (CT). The field experiment was conducted in the Sarajevo region on a clayey loam under typical climatic conditions for humid, continental BH. N2O emissions were monitored in a Maize-Barley rotation over two cropping seasons. Soil structure was studied at the end of the second season. In the much wetter 2014, N2O emission were in the order of CT , RT , NT, while in the drier ...
Crop production requires adequate soil nitrogen; therefore a false conclusion may be made from only measuring carbon dioxide as a soil health indicator. In this study, one might conclude that sod was the most productive soil according to the field respiration test. However, soil nitrogen levels were the lowest in the sod treatment. This would result in poor crop performance. Soil health reports are needed that include nutrient levels, especially soil nitrogen. Soil conservation practices such as reduced tillage and cover crops have the ability to improve soil productivity. If farmers can measure these soil health improvements and the measurements correlate to crop production increases, then soil conservation will be practiced. The effect of soil moisture and temperature on soil nitrate, ammonium, and carbon dioxide can determine the accuracy of prediction for nitrogen availability (Clark, 2007). A soil health test conducted by V6 growth stage would be useful in corn production to allow farmers ...
Years of measurements have produced a lot of information on soil respiration. We know more or less how the respiration rate is related to changing environmental conditions, as plant respiration and soil respiration follows temperature exponentially. Approximately, respiration rates doubles for every 10°C increase in temperature. Soil water availability (REW) further regulates the respiration.. REW stands for Relative Extractable Water, and it refers to the amount of water in the soil available to plants and soil microfauna. Soil microbes that decompose soil organic matter function in soil water. In drying soil, the microbes have more difficulty accessing soil organic matter and the decomposition process gets slower. Root respiration also declines in very dry soil.. The effects of soil temperature and moisture can be expressed as a simple mathematical equation:. R = Max { 0 , f(REW) * r0 * q10T/10 - cr }. R stands for respiration expressed as the resulting carbon, r0 =1.1 µmol m-2 s-1, ...
Soil moisture is of primary importance for predicting the evolution of soil carbon stocks and fluxes, both because it strongly controls organic matter decomposition and because it is predicted to change at global scales in the following decades. However, the soil functions used to model the heterotrophic respiration response to moisture have limited empirical support and introduce an uncertainty of at least 4% in global soil carbon stock predictions by 2100. The necessity of improving the representation of this relationship in models has been highlighted in recent studies. Here we present a data-driven analysis of soil moisture-respiration relations based on 90 soils. With the use of linear models we show how the relationship between soil heterotrophic respiration and different measures of soil moisture is consistently affected by soil properties. The empirical models derived include main effects and moisture interaction effects of soil texture, organic carbon content and bulk density. When compared to
Variability in soil properties is a critical element across wide areas of researches especially in several aspects of agriculture and environment including sewage disposal and global climate change. Particle size fraction (sand, silt, and clay), effective cation exchange capacity, base saturation, pH, organic carbon, total nitrogen, carbon nitrogen ratio, available phosphorus, exchangeable bases (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium) and acidity are frequently used in agriculture for soil management. The objective of this study therefore was to identify soil management factors from these set of 15 soil properties and spatial distribution of representative soil management properties. The study was carried out in the University of Uyo Teaching and Research Farm measuring 8.19 hectares in University of Uyo Annex, Uyo in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. Nine and ten traverses were made horizontally and vertically respectively at 40 meters intervals. A total of 58 soil samples were collected at 0 - 15 cm depth
We characterized soil communities in the Mojave Desert across an elevation gradient. Our goal was to test the hypothesis that as soil quality improved with increasing elevation (due to increased productivity), the diversity of soil prokaryotes and nematodes would also increase. Soil organic matter and soil moisture content increased with elevation as predicted. Soil salinity did not correlate to elevation, but was highest at a mid-gradient, alluvial site. Soil nematode density, community trophic structure, and diversity did not show patterns related to elevation. Similar results were obtained for diversity of bacteria and archaea. Relationships between soil properties, nematode communities, and prokaryotic diversity were site-specific. For example, at the lowest elevation site, nematode communities contained a high proportion of fungal-feeding species and diversity of bacteria was lowest. At a high-salinity site, nematode density was highest, and overall, nematode density showed an unexpected, positive
We characterized soil communities in the Mojave Desert across an elevation gradient. Our goal was to test the hypothesis that as soil quality improved with increasing elevation (due to increased productivity), the diversity of soil prokaryotes and nematodes would also increase. Soil organic matter and soil moisture content increased with elevation as predicted. Soil salinity did not correlate to elevation, but was highest at a mid-gradient, alluvial site. Soil nematode density, community trophic structure, and diversity did not show patterns related to elevation. Similar results were obtained for diversity of bacteria and archaea. Relationships between soil properties, nematode communities, and prokaryotic diversity were site-specific. For example, at the lowest elevation site, nematode communities contained a high proportion of fungal-feeding species and diversity of bacteria was lowest. At a high-salinity site, nematode density was highest, and overall, nematode density showed an unexpected, positive
The decline of soil fertility has been one of the major constraints to low level of agricultural productivity and it primarily referred to the exploitation of soil nitrogen. Nitrogen could be added to or lost from the soil via different natural and human-induced processes. The work area is located in lower bilate river basin within the ethiopian rift valley which was characterized by an arid climatic conditions. The core objectives of this work were modeling of the soil nitrogen balance and the plant available stock soil nitrogen by using GIS and Remote sensing and assessing the uncertainities and source of errors. The widely used methodology of Stoorvogel and Smaling was adapted for soil nutrient balance estimation while the plant available stock soil nitrogen was determined using empirical relations. This book described acomprehensive methodology which is spatially explicit for modelling soil nitrogen balance and is very useful to professionals working in agricultural land management and ...
PREFACE xi. INSTRUMENTAL METHOD ACRONYMS xiv. COMMON HYPHENATED INSTRUMENTAL METHOD ABBREVIATIONS xv. ABBREVIATED PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS xvi. CHAPTER 1 SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF SOIL CHEMISTRY 1. 1.1 The 19th Century 3. 1.2 The End of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century 8. 1.3 The 20th Century 11. 1.4 The End of the 20th and the Beginning of the 21st Century 14. 1.5 Conclusion 15. Problems 15. References 16. Bibliography 18. CHAPTER 2 SOIL BASICS PART I: LARGE FEATURES 19. 2.1. Horizonation 28. 2.2 Peds 33. 2.3 Soil Color 36. 2.4 Soil Naming 38. 2.5 The Landscape 39. 2.6 Relationship of Large Features to Soil Chemistry, Soil Analysis, and Instrumentation 40. 2.7 Conclusions 42. Problems 42. References 43. Bibliography 43. CHAPTER 3 SOIL BASICS PART II: MICROSCOPIC TO ATOMIC ORBITAL DESCRIPTION OF SOIL CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS 44. Soil Components Independent 45. 3.1 Soil Solids 45. Soil Components Interacting 53. 3.2. Bonding Considerations 53. Soil Components in Combination ...
Tripolyphosphates (TPP) have been commonly used as a phosphorus (P) source in slow release liquid fertilizers [1-3]. To be bioavailable to plant or microbial communities, TPP must first be hydrolyzed to phosphate monomers (ortho-P). Tripolyphosphate is believed to persist in the soil solution until undergoing hydrolysis, when it becomes bioavailable and reactive in the soil environment [4-6]. However, there is significant evidence that suggests TPP and other linear polyphosphates adsorb directly to metal oxide surfaces without having to first be hydrolyzed [7-11]. If TPP adsorbs directly to soil mineral surfaces, this could not only reduce TPP mobility in the soil solution but also reduce calcium phosphate (Ca-P) mineral precipitation. Calcium phosphate mineral formation immobilizes P from the soil solution, reducing the fraction of readily bioavailable P.. Tripolyphosphate or linear polyphosphate applications to calcareous soils may be a novel way to improve P nutrient availability. Since ...
The increasing temperature in Arctic tundra deepens the active layer, which is the upper layer of permafrost soil that experiences repeated thawing and freezing. The increasing of soil temperature and the deepening of active layer seem to affect soil microbial communities. Therefore, information on soil microbial communities at various soil depths is essential to understand their potential responses to climate change in the active layer soil. We investigated the community structure of soil bacteria in the active layer from moist acidic tundra in Council, Alaska. We also interpreted their relationship with some relevant soil physicochemical characteristics along soil depth with a fine scale (5 cm depth interval). The bacterial community structure was found to change along soil depth. The relative abundances of Acidobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Planctomycetes, and candidate phylum WPS-2 rapidly decreased with soil depth, while those of Bacteroidetes, Chloroflexi, Gemmatimonadetes, and candidate ...
Bacterial diversity in soil exceeds by orders of magnitude that found in oceans and others compartments of the biosphere. Strong evidence suggests that spatial isolation imparted by fragmented aquatic microhabitats in unsaturated soil plays a large part in creating this diversity. Furthermore, since soil bacteria depend on water for hydration and diffusion of nutrients, examination of the hydrologic conditions at relevant spatial scales in soil is important. I evaluate the role of soil texture, which determines the extent and connectivity of microhabitats, in constraining the development of soil bacterial communities. A range of soil samples of varying textures was collected from sixteen locations across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Soil particle size distributions were measured, and samples were tested for chemical characteristics (e.g., pH, %C, %N) that might influence diversity. T-RFLP analysis was performed to evaluate the richness, diversity and composition of bacterial communities in the samples
Globally, soil and surface litter store 2 to 3 times more organic carbon than vegetation and 3 times more carbon than the atmosphere. The soil organic stock at a soil depth of 1 m is globally about 1500 to 1600 Pg (Pg = 1015 g). The amount of carbon and nitrogen stored in the soil is influenced by many factors. An important factor affecting soil properties, carbon and nitrogen storage is land use and land cover change (LULCC). Conversion of grasslands into tree plantations is common with the aim of increasing aboveground carbon stocks to mitigate climate change. This study investigated the changes that happened in the soil in the Glendhu catchment (Otago, New Zealand) after conversion of tussock grassland to pine plantation 36 years ago. The objectives of this study were to  Quantify the soil carbon and nitrogen stocks to 1 m soil depth  Determine the physical parameters of soil  Investigate the relationships between soil parameters, soil depths and land use types  Investigate the ...
Plant performance is, at least partly, linked to the location of roots with respect to soil structure features and the micro-environment surrounding roots. Measurements of root distributions from intact samples, using optical microscopy and field tracings have been partially successful but are imprecise and labour-intensive. Theoretically, X-ray computed micro-tomography represents an ideal solution for non-invasive imaging of plant roots and soil structure. However, before it becomes fast enough and affordable or easily accessible, there is still a need for a diagnostic tool to investigate root/soil interplay. Here, a method for detection of undisturbed plant roots and their immediate physical environment is presented. X-ray absorption and phase contrast imaging are combined to produce projection images of soil sections from which root distributions and soil structure can be analyzed. The clarity of roots on the X-ray film is sufficient to allow manual tracing on an acetate sheet fixed over the ...
Composts provide fertility and many other benefits to soil that no other chemical fertilizers can provide. Composts contain both macro- and micro-nutrients in proportions not typically present in most fertilizer inputs. Nutrients in composts are released slowly, thus providing more balanced nutrition throughout the growing season while reducing leaching potential. Composts can also buffer soil acidity or alkalinity so as to develop a more optimal pH for plant growth. In addition to adding nutrients, the main benefit of using composts is the improvement of soil structure. Organic matter provided by compost amendments can promote soil aggregate formation, thus improving soil structure. Improved soil structure can lead to better water infiltration, air penetration, and plant-root establishment. The added organic matter also increases retention of soil nutrients and, if properly incorporated, reduces soil-erosion risk. Composts also foster diverse soil organisms; these bacteria, fungi, insects, and ...
We grew cuttings of two early (mid Oct.) and two late (early Nov.) leaf-fall Populus tremuloides Michx. genotypes (referred to as genotype pairs) for c. 150 d in open-top chambers to understand how twice-ambient (elevated) CO2 and soil N availability would affect growth and C allocation. For this study, we selected genotypes differing in leaf area duration to find out if late-season photosynthesis influenced C allocation to roots. Both elevated CO2 and high soil N availability significantly increased estimated whole-tree photosynthesis, but they did so in different ways. Elevated CO2 stimulated leaf-level photosynthesis rates, whereas high soil N availability resulted in greater total plant leaf area. The early leaf-fall genotype pair had signficantly higher photosynthesis rates per unit leaf area than the late leaf-fall genotype pair and elevated CO2 enhanced this difference. The early leaf-fall genotype pair had less leaf area than the late leaf-fall genotype pair, and their rate of leaf area ...
For this lab sandy soil can be obtained at a nursery. This soil will be labeled potting soil for Succulents, which typically grow in sandier soils. Loamy soil can be substituted with regular potting soil. Clay soil will have to be dug from a local source. If the soil is not a red or orange color, it may still have a lot of clay in it. High clay content soil, when wet, can be squeezed and it will retain the shape without falling apart. It also has a slimy quality when wet. This is the element of soil that makes it really stick to your boots. If you live in an area where you have good soil, digging down below the top soil usually results in a larger clay content as the clay particles tend to move down through the soil over time and compact deeper in the earth (its like the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of potato chips ...
Grazing by domestic ungulates can have substantial impacts on forests in arid and semi-arid regions, possibly including severe loss of carbon from the soil. Predicting net livestock impacts on soil organic carbon stocks remains challenging, however, due to the dependence on animal loads and on soil and environmental parameters. The objective of this study was to better understand grazing effects on soil organic carbon in seasonal tropical dry forests of north-eastern Brazil (Caatinga) by quantifying carbon stocks of the upper soil profile (0-5 cm depth) and greater soil depths (,5 cm depth down to bedrock) along a gradient of grazing intensity while accounting for other influencing factors such as soil texture, vegetation, landscape topography, and water availability. We analysed soil organic carbon, soil clay content, altitude above sea level, soil depth to bedrock, distance to the nearest permanent water body, species diversity of perennial plants and aboveground biomass on 45 study plots ...
Liu , X , Zheng , J , Zhang , D , Cheng , K , Zhou , H , Zhang , A , Li , L , Joseph , S , Smith , P , Crowley , D , Kuzyakov , Y & Pan , G 2016 , Biochar has no effect on soil respiration across Chinese agricultural soils Science of the Total Environment , vol 554-555 , pp. 259-265 . DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02. ...
The 10 month pot trial showed that biochar additions had a significant impact on NH\(_4\) and NO\(_3\), total C and N, pH, EC and soil moisture content in both soil types and biochar loading. There was a relatively limited effect on microbial biomass in amended soils; however biochar addition reduced the potential nitrification at the higher biochar rate in the two lighter soils (RL and BSL). The addition of biochar at different loading rates was reflected in significant differences in the bacterial diversity between biochar treatments in the BSL and RL soils, while the BCL soil was more resilient to soil amendment. Complete ammonia oxidizing (Nitrospira spp.) and nitrite oxidizing bacteria (NOB) were more abundant than standard ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) in all soils. Increased biochar loading raised the abundance of nitrifying bacteria in BCL soil while Nitrospira became more abundant in BSL soil. Biochar addition affected the abundance of certain N2-fixer groups in a soil dependent ...
The plan released today lays out a series of goals for its action teams (or committees) to tackle. Beth Mason, NACDs North Central Region representative and Soil Health Champions Network lead, serves as co-chair on the groups Communications and Education Action Team alongside Ron Nichols, soil health communications coordinator for NRCS.. Each of SHIs goals fall under a general category. For instance, under Research, SHI proposes to enhance agricultural productivity and resilience through improved soil health by optimizing soils water holding capacity, water infiltration, and plant nutrient availability, and suppressing soil-borne diseases through soil health management systems. Its second research goal aims to quantify the environmental and human health benefits that result from improved soil health.. The group has also set out to determine how best to design and conduct large-scale soil health assessments, such as a National Soil Health Assessment. Other goals included quantifying the ...
Soil testing and fertilizer applications are of the utmost importance in achieving a successful garden. We receive calls at the Shelby County Extension Office daily from gardeners who wish to improve the soil in their garden. My first recommendation to achieve a fertile and productive garden is always to start with a soil test. There are several reasons and benefits as to why it is essential to test your soil. It is all about soil pH!. Soil pH affects nutrient availability. It describes the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. If the soil pH is too low or too high, it can affect plants ability to access the appropriate nutrients from the soil. Depending on the soil pH, you might get a lime or elemental sulfur recommendation. Lime is used to increase the soil pH and elemental sulfur lowers the soil pH. It is imperative to follow the recommendations as closely as possible. Excess lime can increase the pH making it a challenge to lower the pH with sulfur applications. Testing the soil every two to ...
A soil has a soil texture (sand and silt and clay) and it has organic matter mixed in it. But weather changes the soil. It is cold on the Earth near the north and south poles. It is hot near the equator of the Earth. Some places on Earth get a lot of rain and some places get no rain. Hot and wet weather make one kind of soil. Cold and dry weather make another kind of soil. Rain water makes small things in the soil move down with the water. When the things in the water get stuck in the soil those things make a layer in the soil. If you dig down into the soil you may find many layers in the soil. The layers may have different colors. The layers may have different soil textures. The top part of the soil may have a lot of humus and sand. Below that layer there may be a layer of silt. Below that layer there may be a layer of clay. The sand stays on the top because it is large. The silt goes down a little with the water and makes a layer because it is small. The silt is smaller than some of the ...
A total APAL nutrient analysis enables you or your agronomist to formulate and exact foliar program.. Leaf/Soil analysis: There are significant differences between a soil and plant leaf analysis. LEAF (TISSUE) ANALYSIS. Represents plant nutrient levels and uptake of elements as a result of soil levels and soil imbalances.. A leaf analysis is not always an indication of soil levels.. SOIL ANALYSIS. Shows available soil elements and mineral imbalances.. Plant uptake can be different due to soil imbalances.. UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE. BETWEEN A LEAF AND A SOIL ANALYSIS and the IMPORTANCE OF BOTH. A leaf analysis can often be seen as a reflection of the soil in that it reflects what nutrients the soils mineral balance is allowing the plant to extract eg. High soil potassium inhibit plant uptake of magnesium, high magnesium soils inhibit plant potassium, high sodium inhibits plant potassium and calcium and high soil calcium inhibits plant uptake of most trace elements, so we often see a mineral ...
First and foremost, we need to disturb soil less. The advent of no-till and reduced tillage methods have allowed us to increase the carbon content of soils.. No-till and direct-seeding methods place the seed directly into the soil, minimizing the disturbance associated with seedbed preparation. The lack of disturbance allows the roots and crop residues from the previous crops to form soil organic matter. It reduces the degradation of the soil organic matter already present in the soil.. In Canada, we are already benefiting from reduced tillage. In the Prairies, no-tillage agriculture has increased from less than five per cent of the land area in the early 1990s to almost 50 per cent in 2006.. The situation is a bit more complex in Eastern Canada. The regions soil type and climate make it less easy to build soil organic matter. At Dalhousies Atlantic Soil Health Lab, we are exploring the potential of various cropping practices to increase soil organic matter content in the soils of Atlantic ...
Soils can vary on the same property. An easy way to identify your soil type is to fill a small jar with soil from your yard, shake it, and let the soil settle overnight. The following day you should notice distinct soil layers. Sandy soil tends to settle at the bottom, clay at the top, and silt in the middle.. Why Does Soil Matter?. Soil performs five essential functions; using the wrong type of soil or unhealthy soil can impede tree health by constricting roots from accessing the water and nutrients necessary. Soil helps regulate water, supports biodiversity, filters pollutants, provides physical support, and cycles nutrients. You can understand why attempting to plant a tree that requires less soil saturation may not thrive if its planted in silt or clay soil. Trees show signs of stress, possible signs that the soil isnt healthy include leaf discoloration, brittle limbs, and even stunted tree growth.. Its also important to dig a hole deep enough for tree roots to grow. Planting in shallow ...
How soil microbes assimilate carbon-C, nitrogen-N, phosphorus-P, and sulfur-S is fundamental for understanding nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. We compiled a global database of C, N, P, and S concentrations in soils and microbes and developed relationships between them by using a power function model. The C:N:P:S was estimated to be 287:17:1:0.8 for soils, and 42:6:1:0.4 for microbes. We found a convergence of the relationships between elements in soils and in soil microbial biomass across C, N, P, and S. The element concentrations in soil microbial biomass follow a homeostatic regulation curve with soil element concentrations across C, N, P and S, implying a unifying mechanism of microbial assimilating soil elements. This correlation explains the well-constrained C:N:P:S stoichiometry with a slightly larger variation in soils than in microbial biomass. Meanwhile, it is estimated that the minimum requirements of soil elements for soil microbes are 0.8 mmol C Kg -1 dry soil, 0.1 mmol N ...
The experiment was implemented at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh to assess the effect of variety and vermicompost on the starch and sugar content activity of potato and their performance under ambient storage condition. The experiment consisted of two factors, i.e., factor A:- Potato varieties (V-4): V1: BARI TPS-1, V2: BARI Alu-28 (Lady Rosetta),V3: BARI Alu-25 (Asterix) and V4: BARI Alu-29 (Courage); factor B:-Vermicompost level (M-4): M1: 0 t ha-1 (Control), M2: 2 t ha-1, M3: 4 t ha-1 and M4: 6 t ha-1. Inferior quality is a major problem for potato production in Bangladesh. The application of vermicompost may enhance the processing quality of potato. The research revealed that vermicompost had a remarkable effect on most of the processing quality contributing parameters. Results also exhibited those processing parameters improved with increasing vermicompost level. Among the sixteen treatment combinations, Asterix with vermicompost at 6 t ha-1 showed the highest glucose, sucrose
AbstractSoil Compaction results from compressive forces applied to compressible soil by machinery wheels, combined with tillage operations. Draft animal‐pulled equipment may also cause soil compaction, but a huge gap exists on experimental data to adequately assess their impacts and, actually, animal traction is an option seen with increasing potential to contribute to sustainable agriculture, especially in mountain areas. This study was conducted to assess the impacts on soil compaction of tillage operations with motor tractor and draft animals. In a farm plot (Vale de Frades, NE Portugal) treatments were applied in sub‐plots (30 m × 3 m), consisting in a two way tillage with tractor (T), a pair of cows (C) and a pair of donkeys (D). Undisturbed soil samples (120) were taken before and after operations for bulk density (BD) and saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks). The relative changes in BD observed after tillage in the 0-0.05 m soil depth increased after operations in all treatments. The
Site preparation treatments are often used prior to the planting of clearcut forest lands to improve planter access and to increase the number and quality of planting spots. Most mechanical site preparation treatments alter the configuration and material composition of surface soil materials, and can have marked effects on soil properties important to seedling survival and growth. Effects of some of these treatments on soil moisture, soil temperature, rates of nitrogen mineralization, and the establishment of Picea glauca x engelmannii seedlings were examined on fresh, moist, and wet sites in the moist cold subzone of the Sub-boreal Spruce Zone in west-central British Columbia. Four types of microsite alteration were investigated: forest floor removal (spot scalping), soil mounds over inverted sections of forest floor (inverted mounds), mineral soil mounds over a mineral soil surface, and inversion of the forest floor and mineral soil in place. Soil temperature was monitored continuously and ...
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Soil Tests. Soil samples are sent to Hills Laboratories in Hamilton. They take around 10 days to be analysed and show the CEC and mineral reserves in the soil. We require about 3 cups of soil or 15-20 soil cores, sampled to 150mm depth, taken from random places in the garden or paddock. Avoid sampling recently grazed paddocks. If sampling grazed pasture, avoid dung and urine patches, camping areas, water troughs and gateways. Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) basic soil test (K, Ca, Mg, Na, pH, Olsen P, CEC, Base Saturation) plus S (includes SO4, extractable Organic S and Anion Storage Capacity) and an Organic Soil Profile (for checking soil carbon levels) costs $121 +GST per sample.. The above soil tests, plus Resin P (good for measuring available P in soils with low pH or if you have been using RPR) and total S costs $157 +GST per sample.. Herbage Tests. Herbage tests complement Reams soil tests and allow levels of trace minerals to be analysed. Herbage samplse are sent to Hills Laboratories in ...
Most soil surveys are based on soil geomorphic, physical and chemical properties, while many classifications are based on morphological properties in soil profile. Typically, microbial properties of the soil(e.g. biomass and functional diversity) or soil biological quality indicators (SBQIs) are not directly considered in soil taxonomic keys, yet soil classification schemes are often used to infer soil biological function relating to policy (e.g. soil pollution attenuation, climate change mitigation). To critically address this, our aimwas to assess whether rates of carbon turnover in a diverse range of UK soils (n , 500) could effectively be described and sub-divided according to broadly defined soil groups by conventional soil classification schemes. Carbon turnover in each soil over a 90 d period was assessed by monitoring the mineralisation of either a labile (14C-labelled artificial root exudates) or more recalcitrant C source (14C-labelled plant leaves) in soil held at field capacity at 10 ...
Organo-mineral nutrient sources are promising soil amendments for sustainable crop production in Nigeria. A field experiment was conducted at the Teaching and Research Farm of the Cross River University of Technology Obubra during the 2016 cropping season. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effects of nitrogen (N) and amended rice mill waste (RMW) on some soil chemical properties and yield of maize (Zea mays L.). The treatments consisted of 10 kg ha-1 RMW as control and 10 kg ha-1 of RMW amended with 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 kg N ha-1. The 6 treatments were replicated 3 times under RCBD with each experimental plot size measuring 4 × 3 m. All the treatments including control increased the chemical properties of the soil over the initial soil properties including total N, available P, SOM, pH and the exch. Cations; Ca2+, K+, Mg2+, Na+. RMW + 40 kg N ha-1 and RMW 50 kg N ha-1 produced tallest plants, highest number of leaves per plant and largest leaf area of maize plants.  RMW + 30
Soil organic matter (SOM) cycling has significant consequences for ecosystem processes and functioning. Studies of SOM have focused traditionally on soil microorganisms that regulate the fundamental biochemical processes of litter mineralization and organic matter formation. However, microbe-mediated processes rarely occur in isolation in natural systems without the involvement of soil fauna. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to soil fauna - e.g., the direct roles they play in SOM cycling, and indirect roles through changing microbial community composition, activity, and function to influence soil C and N dynamics. We combine traditional morphological characterization of soil invertebrates with microbial functional assays, and modern chemical techniques to identify relationships among soil fauna, microbe, plant residue inputs, and SOM. Our ultimate goal is to investigate whether/how soil fauna contribute to soil organic carbon storage, especially through their impacts on microbial ...
Keywords: Gross N biotransformation, soil microbial biomass, nitrogen availability, mineralisation, C:N ratios.. Summary:. Understanding the factors that govern microbial activities in soils is important, because the heterotrophic soil microbial biomass is driving the carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling, and the net availability of N for plant uptake or losses. The processes by which C and N interact during decomposition of organic matter in soil, and the mineralisation-immobilisation turnover are well known but still difficult to predict, due to the complex interactions between soil micro-organisms and their substrates. The 15N isotope dilution techniques that allow rates of N transformations to be quantified accurately and simultaneously help the understanding of the effects of soil, crop and management conditions on microbial activities. The quantification of the relative importance of gross mineralisation, immobilisation and nitrification is also a key for understanding the competition ...
Keywords: Gross N biotransformation, soil microbial biomass, nitrogen availability, mineralisation, C:N ratios.. Summary:. Understanding the factors that govern microbial activities in soils is important, because the heterotrophic soil microbial biomass is driving the carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling, and the net availability of N for plant uptake or losses. The processes by which C and N interact during decomposition of organic matter in soil, and the mineralisation-immobilisation turnover are well known but still difficult to predict, due to the complex interactions between soil micro-organisms and their substrates. The 15N isotope dilution techniques that allow rates of N transformations to be quantified accurately and simultaneously help the understanding of the effects of soil, crop and management conditions on microbial activities. The quantification of the relative importance of gross mineralisation, immobilisation and nitrification is also a key for understanding the competition ...
When trying to fix drainage issues, think first about drainage tile. Could drainage tile be installed? The fields soil structure is very important for drainage with or without drain tile. Soil structure creates pore space in soil, and these pore spaces allow water to infiltrate and then percolate through channels created by soil organisms and from decaying roots. Soil tillage breaks apart soil structure and reduces pore space causing slower infiltration rates and increased amounts of erosion. Overcoming the negative effects of tillage such as reduced soil structure and increased soil erosion are the main reasons why no-till has become so popular over the last 20 years ...
Cover crops can help resolve a host of soil health and environmental concerns, especially nutrient retention, according to research conducted at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadas (AAFC) Harrow Research and Development Centre in Ontario.. Cover crops are an amazing tool that producers have available to them, says Dr. Craig Drury, soil management and biochemistry researcher at Harrow. The cover crop increases soil organic carbon, improves soil structure and overall soil quality, and can also improve the drainage of soil.. Cover crops are planted in the late summer or early fall following the harvest of a cereal crop, or inter-seeded into an annual row crop, such as corn. They can capture the residual nitrogen that remains in the soil at the end of the growing season and effectively tie it up over winter. The nitrogen is then released into the soil when the cover crop decomposes in the following spring. This is important because, as Drury says, farmers want to hold a nutrient like nitrogen in ...
In this study, influence of land-use type on soil respiration was investigated in poplar plantation, apple orchard (apple trees with understory grasses) and adjacent grassland sites in SeyitlerArea,Artvin, Turkey. Soil respiration was measured approximately monthly in three sampling plots in each land use type from January 2005 to November 2005 using the soda-lime technique. Mean daily soil respiration ranged from 0.63-3.59 g C m-2 d-1. Mean soil respiration in apple orchard, poplar plantation and grassland sites were 1.98, 1.45 and 1.12 g C m-2 d-1, respectively. Mean soil respiration wassignificantly greater in apple orchard than in poplar plantations and grasslands. Seasonal changes in soil respiration were related to soil moisture and temperature changes. Mean soil respiration rate correlated strongly with subsurface soil (15-35cm) pH (R = -0,73; p,0.05), sand content (R= 0.96, p,0.001), soil silt content (R= -0.75; p,0.05), soil clay content (R= -0,83; p,0.001) and organic matter content ...
Assessment of soil quality is an invaluable tool in determining the sustainability and environmental impact of agricultural ecosystems. The study was conducted to assess the quality of the soils under arable cultivation, locally irri-gated and non-irrigated, forestry plantations of teak (Tectona grandis Lin.) and gmelina (Gme- lina arborea Roxb.), and cashew (Anacardium occidentale Lin.) plantation agro ecosystems using soil organic carbon (SOC), soil total ni-trogen (STN) and soil microbial biomass C (SMBC) and N (SMBN) at Minna in the southern Guinea savanna of Nigeria. Soil samples were collected from soil depths of 0-5 cm and 5-10 cm in all the agro ecosystems and analyzed for physical, chemical and biological properties. All the agro ecosystems had similar loamy soil texture at both depths. The soils have high fer-tility status in terms of available phosphorus and exchangeable calcium, magnesium and po- tassium. The irrigated arable land had significantly (P | 0.05) higher SOC and STN in both soil
A study to evaluate the effect of Ficus thonningii (Blume) on soil physicochemical properties was conducted in Ahferom district of Tigray, Ethiopia. For the soil physico-chemical property study, two factors (distance from the tree trunk and soil depth from the ground level) arranged in randomized complete block design (RCBD) with six replications was involved. The distance factor had three levels viz. at half of the canopy radius under the tree, canopy edge (radius of the canopy) and at three times canopy radius away from the trunk outside the canopy. The depth factor had two levels viz. surface (0 - 15 cm) and subsurface (15 - 30 cm) soil layers. Data were collected on soil physicochemical properties viz. soil texture, bulk density, moisture content, soil N, soil P and soil K, %OC, pH and electrical conductivity (EC). The collected data were subjected to ANOVA using the general linear model of SAS. Results of soil physicochemical properties revealed that except for soil texture, the
Rainfall pattern effect on soil erosion in soils with different texture and mineralogy. No significant main or interaction effects on soil erosion were observed (Table 3). Nevertheless, IR treatment caused higher soil erosion than SR. Soil erosion was higher in SCL compared to SL. Equally, kaolinitic soils eroded more than quartz-dominated soils.. Rainfall pattern effect on steady-state infiltration rate in soils with different texture and mineralogy. The SSIR was 10.57 mm.h-1 in SCL kaolinitic soils under IR compared to 4.68 mm.h-1 in SL kaolinitic soils. However, under the same rainfall pattern, SSIR was 2.99 mm.h-1 in SCL and 2.87 mm.h-1 in SL in quartz-dominated soils. Moreover, the dominance of quartz resulted in lower SSIR than for kaolinitic soil within the same rainfall pattern and texture class. In the SR treatment, SSIR was 5.79 mm-h-1 in kaolinitic SCL soils compared to 3.67 mm.h-1 in quartz-dominated SCL soils. Therefore, both IR and SR rainfall patterns reduced SSIR in SCL and SL ...
Cadmium (Cd) concentration in soil solution and its bioavailability is controlled by sorption-desorption reactions. The objective of this research was to compare Cd adsorption behavior in six calcareous and four acid soils. Soil samples were equilibrated with 0.01 M Ca(NO3)2 containing 25 to 3200 mg Cd L−1. Results showed that the tendency for adsorption was high at low Cd concentrations (0-400 mg L-1), but decreased as the Cd increased (400-3200 mg L-1). Among five equations evaluated, Freundlich, Langmuir, and Gunary equations best described Cd adsorption in both calcareous and acid soils as indicated by high values for coefficient of determination (R2) and low values for standard error of estimate (SE). Stepwise regression equations between constants of the best-fitted models and soil properties revealed that cation exchange capacity (CEC) and clay content were the most important soil properties affecting Cd adsorption behavior in calcareous soils, whereas in acid soils Cd adsorption was mainly
Soil food webs of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica are simple. These include primary trophic levels of mosses, algae, cyanobacteria, bacteria, archaea, and fungi, and their protozoan and metazoan consumers (including relatively few species of nematodes, tardigrades, rotifers, and microarthropods). These biota are patchily distributed across the landscape, with greatest faunal biodiversity associated with wet soil. Understanding trophic structure is critical to studies of biotic interactions and distribution; yet, McMurdo Dry Valley soil food web structure has been inferred from limited laboratory culturing and micro- scopic observations. To address this, we measured stable isotope natural abundance ratios of C (13C/12C) and N (15N/14N) for di erent metazoan taxa (using whole body biomass) to determine soil food web structure in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Nitrogen isotopes were most useful in di erentiating trophic levels because they fractionated predictably at higher trophic levels. Using ...
polyphenols; aluminum accumulator; near natural forest management; chloroform fumigation extraction; soil structure; soil enzymes; manure pelleting; microbial biomass; Oxisol; biolability; soil nutrients; second production cycle; PLFA; pyrolysis; Eucalyptus sp.; Cunninghamia lanceolata plantation; carbon; the Three Gorges Reservoir; revegetation; carbon distribution index; climate change; seasons; annual increment average; topography; humic substances; litter N; soil fertility; climate zone; nutrient cycling; Daxingan Mountains; carbon mineralization; nitrification; 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P NMR); organic matter; throughfall; forest soil; dissolved organic carbon (DOC); P species; stoichiometric homeostasis; dissolved organic matter (DOM); soil organic matter fraction; variable-charge soils; ammonium; nitrate; soil degradation; soil P fractions; seasonal trends; ammonia-oxidizing bacteria; nitrogen dynamics; net primary productivity; soil microbial communities; beech ...
A kinetic study for the phosphorus release of a formulated CaHAP-Z fertilizer was done to observe its behavior when applied to clay loam soil. The study of release kinetics of CaHAP-Z was done along with CaHAP and the control fertilizer Solophos™ to determine whether the formulated fertilizer can be an alternative for the conventional fertilizer. Results showed that the formulated fertilizer CAHAP-Z contains 3.73% phosphorus with 513.10 nm particle (Dynamic Light Scattering) indicating that the formulated fertilizer can be classified as a nanofertilizer. The formulated CaHAP-Z fertilizer showed the slowest release kinetics compared to the controls. In addition, this study showed that the simple Elovich kinetic model is the general equation that best fits to describe the phosphorus release of fertilizers. ...
The potential of a plant species to acquire nutrients depends on its ability to explore the soil by its root system. Co-cultivation of different species is anticipated to lead to vertical root niche differentiation and thus to higher soil nutrient depletion. Using a qPCR-based method we quantified root biomass distribution of four catch crop species in vertical soil profiles in pure vs. mixed stands. Pure stands of mustard and phacelia robustly reached 70 cm soil depth, while oat preferably colonized upper soil layers, and clover developed the shallowest and smallest root system. Analysis of residual nitrate pools in different soil depths and correlation with root biomass showed that, besides rooting depth also root biomass determines soil nitrogen depletion. While occupying the same vertical niches as in pure stands, mustard and phacelia dominated total root biomass of the mix. In contrast, root biomass of clover and oat was severely suppressed in presence of the other species. Below-ground biomass
Soil respiration is a key component of the global carbon cycle, and even small changes in soil respiration rates could result in significant changes in atmospheric CO2 levels. The conversion of tropical forests to rubber plantations in SE Asia is increasingly common, and there is a need to understand the impacts of this land-use change on soil respiration in order to revise CO2 budget calculations. This study focused on the spatial variability of soil respiration along a slope in a natural tropical rainforest and a terraced rubber plantation in Xishuangbanna, SW China. In each land-use type, we inserted 105 collars for soil respiration measurements. Research was conducted over one year in Xishuangbanna during May, June, July and October 2015 (wet season) and January and March 2016 (dry season). The mean annual soil respiration rate was 30% higher in natural forest than in rubber plantation and mean fluxes in the wet and dry season were 15.1 and 9.5 Mg C ha-1 yr-1 in natural forest and 11.7 and ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Chronic nitrogen fertilization and carbon sequestration in grassland soils: evidence of a microbial enzyme link. AU - Cenini, Valeria L.. AU - Fornara, Dario A.. AU - McMullan, Geoffrey. AU - Ternan, Nigel. AU - Lajtha, Kate. AU - Crawley, Michael J.. PY - 2015/12/1. Y1 - 2015/12/1. N2 - Chronic nitrogen (N) fertilization can greatly affect soil carbon (C) sequestration by altering biochemical interactions between plant detritus and soil microbes. In lignin-rich forest soils, chronic N additions tend to increase soil C content partly by decreasing the activity of lignin-degrading enzymes. In cellulose-rich grassland soils it is not clear whether cellulose-degrading enzymes are also inhibited by N additions and what consequences this might have on changes in soil C content. Here we address whether chronic N fertilization has affected (1) the C content of light versus heavier soil fractions, and (2) the activity of four extracellular enzymes including the C-acquiring enzyme ...
We investigated the influence of soil drainage class and tree species on nitrogen (N) mineralization and nitrification rates in two forest catenas in southern Quebec. Monthly net N mineralization and nitrification rates were determined along transects running from well-drained to poorly drained soils for 2 years through in situ incubation of homogenized soils. Potential N transformation rates in soils under American beech, sugar maple, and eastern hemlock trees were determined through incubation of homogenized soils in the laboratory under two different moisture regimes (50 and 100% water by volume) mimicking well-drained and poorly drained soil conditions in the two watersheds. Field-based N mineralization rates averaged 38 ± 6 mg m−2 d−1 in well-drained soils, while those in the poorly drained soils averaged 17 ± 5 mg N m−2 d−1. Similarly, net nitrification rates in well-drained soils (18 ± 4 mg N m−2 d−1) were 3 times greater than those in poorly drained soils (6 ± 3 mg N ...
INTRODUCTION. The constant and significant weight increase of agricultural and forest vehicles over the last decades in Brazil has caused concern in view of the possible long-term consequences on eucalyptus yield in soils under traffic. The imminent loss in forest productivity is great since traffic is a repeated action in stands (Balbuena et al., 2000). Machine traffic is admittedly one of the main origins of soil compaction, which has a negative knock-on effect on tree growth (Wert & Thomas, 1981; Froehlich et al., 1985; Startsev & McNabb, 2000).. Repeated traffic in a same area intensifies the damage done to the soil structure with consequent reductions in crop yields in the first as well as in the following years of production (Håkansson & Reeder, 1994; Lal, 1996; Jorajuria et al., 1997). During the removal of the wood from forest stands the machines drive along one and the same row several times. This can cause soil compaction and, consequently, hinder root growth. It was observed that in ...
Feb 20, 2017. Abstract:. Urban agriculture has been recently highlighted with the increased importance for recreation in modern society; however, soil quality and public health may not be guaranteed because of continuous exposure to various pollutants. The objective of this study was to evaluate the soil quality of urban agriculture by soil microbial assessments. Two independent variables, organic and inorganic fertilizers, were considered. The activities of soil enzymes including dehydrogenase, ?-glucosidase, arylsulfatase, urease, alkaline and acid phosphatases were used as indicators of important microbial mediated functions and the soil chemical properties were measured in the soils applied with organic or inorganic fertilizer for 10 years. Fatty acid methyl ester analysis was applied to determine the soil microbial community composition. Relatively higher microbial community richness and enzyme activities were found in the organic fertilizers applied soils as compared to the inorganic ...
Clonal white clover growing in pots was inoculated with Heterodera trifolii, Meloidogyne hapla, Meloidogyne trifoliophila, Pratylenchus sp., or Xiphinema diversicaudatum, pulse-labelled with 14C and after 15 days the distribution of 14C in compartments of the soil: plant: nematode system determined. Nematode inoculation had no effect on shoot, root and soil microbial biomasses, but the nematode treatments significantly affected the distribution of 14C in these compartments. The greatest translocation of 14C to the soil was in pots with X. diversicaudatum, M. hapla or M. trifoliophila. The percentage of 14C in the microbial biomass varied significantly, being highest with X. diversicaudatum and Pratylenchus sp., and lowest in control pots. Nematodes of all species from the soil consistently had lower specific activity than those from roots. It has now been demonstrated for a range of nematodes and soils that nematode infection increases translocation of photosynthate to soil microbial biomass. As the
Objective:Investigating the microbes and interactions of the beneficial symbiotic relationships between the components of the system ecology in the food chains and life cycles is one of the modern sustainable agriculture topics. In this regard, to evaluate the effects of bacteria and vermicompost on morphological characteristics and yield of soybean an experiment was conducted as split plot in a completely randomized block design with three replications. Methods: Main plots of experiment were at two levels including the non-use and the use of bacteria and the subplots were at three levels including the non-use of vermicompost (control), the use of 5 tons of vermicompost per acre and the use of 10 tons of vermicompost per acre. Results: The results of mean comparison showed that the treatment including 10 tons of vermicompost had the highest amount of oil content (11%) and the lowest amount was obtained from the treatment including use of 5 tons with the amount of 9.77%. Increasing the seed growing and
ABSTRACT Human food chain toxicity, soil fertility and agricultural output have been shown to be influenced by application of various types of fertilizers. This research studied the influence of multiple fertilizer application on soil quality and plant heavy metal accumulation, proximate and phytochemical compositions. The different fertilizer samples used were NlSPlSKlS (CFI), N20PIOKIO (CF2), N27P13PI3 (CF3), pig manure (AMI) and chicken manure (AM2). Plant species used were Telfairia occidental is and Talinum triangulare. The experiment had four treatments and each treatment had 0.0, 2.0 and 4.0glkg soil. The seeds of the vegetables were planted and allowed to grow for a period of 12 weeks. The first sets of the experimental pots were left for a latent period of 12 weeks after the first harvest for second fertilizer application. The heavy metal composition of the different fertilizers and control soil as well as the plant species were studied using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS). ...
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General soil characteristics; Soil series descriptions; General soil characteristics; Soil series descriptions; Middle Cuba; Eastern Cuba; Western Cuba; Isle of pines; Salt in Cuban soils; Soil moisture studies; Climate; The relation of soils to agriculture in Cuba; Soil Classification; Soil classes; Classification of soils based on mechanical composition; Conversion table for sugar cane yields ...
Decomposing alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) shoots and roots generate large amounts of NO3-N available to the next crop but also susceptible to deep leaching. This study was aimed at determining the specific contributions of above- and belowground alfalfa biomass to soil N pools. Dynamics of soil and plant N pools were studied in a Kalamanzoo loam soil (fine-loamy, mixed, mesic Typic Hapludalfs) over a 2-yr period under bare fallow (BF), bare fallow to which alfalfa shoot mulch was applied (BFSM), living alfalfa plants with shoots removed after harvest (A), and living alfalfa with shoot mulch remaining on the soil surface after harvest (ASM). Organic N pools were monitored in alfalfa plant parts, soil-incorporated debris, and soil organic matter to depths of 150 cm. Inorganic N pools were monitored by suction lysimeters, soil extraction, and evaluation of soil denitrification rates. Living alfalfa stands kept soil inorganic N at very low levels, whether shoot mulch was applied or not. Soluble ...
A number of potential benefits of humic substances are well known recognized and its generation has been concerned with miscellaneous factors. In Thailand, one of Southeast Asia countries, agricultural areas can be normally found in the country parts. Variety soil practices have been done to improve soil fertilities. Those outcomes, both the properties of soil and organic substances in terms of active and inactive forms, were also raised the question. This study aims to develop the appropriate equation model with particular to some basis of soil properties and the quantity of humic acid extracted from them. To achieve this goal, thirty-four soils from existing agricultural areas in the western part of Thailand were sampled. Soil properties which closely concern with humic substances, including organic matter (OM), total carbon (TC), total nitrogen (TN), percentage of clay and cation exchange capacity (CEC), were analyzed. Humic acid were extracted by the standard of International Humic ...
Four low-cost organic soil amendments (chicken manure, CM; horse manure, HM; yard water, YW; and sewage sludge, SS) that are generated daily in large amounts, and native bare soil were planted with tomato (Solanum lycopersicum var. Mountain spring) seedlings of 52 days old in raised black plastic-mulch. Each of the 5 treatments was also mixed with biochar to make a total of 10 treatments in a randomized complete block design (RCBD). Results revealed that total fresh weight of tomato fruits collected after three harvests from CM and CM mixed with biochar significantly (P < 0.05) increased, whereas yield obtained from HM was the lowest indicating a positive effect of CM on the growth and yield of tomato. HM increased soil urease activity, while CM and SS increased soil invertase activity. Total marketable tomato yield of biochar amended soils was increased by 63 and 20% in HM and YW treatments, respectively compared to other soil treatments. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) was greatest in fruits of plants
A. K. Helmy, E. A. Ferreiro, S. G. de Bussetti; Cation exchange capacity and condition of zero change of hydroxy-Al montmorillonite. Clays and Clay Minerals ; 42 (4): 444-450. doi: Download citation file:. ...
Tropical forests are vital global reservoirs of biodiversity and carbon (C). Deforestation and degradation of these ecosystems greatly threatens their capacity to provide crucial ecosystem functions and services, by altering complex plant-soil interactions and biogeochemical cycles underpinned by soil microbes. Forest disturbance is accelerating in Southeast Asia, through widespread selective logging (SL) and forest conversion to oil palm plantation (OP). This has major implications for soil microbial communities and functions, although effects of tropical forest disturbance on belowground biodiversity and the resistance and resilience of soil microbial nutrient and C-cycling are unresolved. The potential to restore soil microbial communities and essential functions is also largely unknown. The aim of this thesis was to evaluate impacts of tropical forest modification (degradation, conversion and restoration) on soil microbial community attributes, and implications for ecosystem biogeochemical ...
Abstract. Soil respiration of terrestrial ecosystems, a major component in the global carbon cycle is affected by elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. However, seasonal differences of feedback effects of elevated CO2 have rarely been studied. At the Gießen Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (GiFACE) site, the effects of +20% above ambient CO2 concentration have been investigated since 1998 in a temperate grassland ecosystem. We defined five distinct annual seasons, with respect to management practices and phenological cycles. For a period of 3 years (2008-2010), weekly measurements of soil respiration were carried out with a survey chamber on vegetation-free subplots. The results revealed a pronounced and repeated increase of soil respiration under elevated CO2 during late autumn and winter dormancy. Increased CO2 losses during the autumn season (September-October) were 15.7% higher and during the winter season (November-March) were 17.4% higher compared to respiration from ambient CO2 plots ...
A key focus of the BGI department is the development of large scale terrestrial biosphere models (TBM) for a better understanding of biosphere-climate feedbacks, with particular emphasis on interactions between carbon, nutrient and water cycles. A highly important question in this context is the stability of soil organic matter under changing environmental conditions. However, soil processes, their parameterization and soil interactions with vegetation growth are still a major uncertainty in TBMs. Two active areas of research in our department are the effect of altered rhizosphere inputs on the microbial activity and thereby the organic carbon storage, as well as the control that of soil temperature and moisture have on the decomposition process. Our aim is to achieve a better representation of these nutrient and moisture effects on soil carbon storage and turnover in our soil model COMISSION (Ahrens et al. 2015), which is linked to the Earth system Model of the Max-Planck-Society. In this ...
The adsorption and desorption of diuron and fluometuron by the Gezira clay, Kinana clay, and Gerif loamy clay soils were studied. The two herbicides exhibited greater adsorption by the Gerif soil than by the Kinana and Gezira soils. The Kinana soil adsorbed more fluometuron than the Gezira soil. However, only at low and high concentrations of diuron did the Kinana soil show greater adsorption than the Gezira soil. At intermediate range of diuron concentrations the opposite occurred. Since the Gezira soil contained the lowest percentage of organic matter it was argued that organic matter did not play any significant role in the adsorption of these two herbicides by these soils. The Gerif soil has the highest specific surface area than the twos ils. It was thus concluded that in arid-zone soils, very low in organic matter, specific surface area may be a good criterion for determining adsorption. Diuron exhibited greater adsorption on the three soils than fluometuron. Desorption was studied by an ...
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Knowledge of how competition and facilitation affect photosynthetic traits and nitrogen metabolism contributes to understanding of plant-plant interaction mechanisms. We transplanted two larch species, Larix kaempferi and L. olgensis, to establish intra- and interspecific interaction experiments under different types of soil. Experiment 1: Two different soil types were selected, one from a c. twenty years old L. kaempferi plantation (named larch soil) and another from a secondary natural forest (named mixed forest soil). The experiment included three types of plant interactions (L kaempferi + L. kaempferi, L. olgensis + L. olgensis, and L. kaempferi + L. olgensis) and two soil types. Experiment 2: N fertilization was applied to larch soil. The experiment included the same three types of plant interactions as in Experiment 1 and two N treatments. The growth of L kaempferi was negatively affected by larch soil and accelerated by N fertilization, particularly under interspecific interaction. The ...
Soil acidification is a major problem in modern agricultural systems and is an important factor affecting the soil microbial community and soil health. However, little is known about the effect of soil acidification on soil-borne plant diseases. We performed a four-year investigation in South China to evaluate the correlation between soil acidification and the occurrence of bacterial wilt. The results showed that the average soil pH in fields infected by bacterial wilt disease was much lower than that in non-disease fields. Moreover, the proportion of infected soils with pH lower than 5.5 was much higher than that of non-infected soils, and this phenomenon became more obvious as the area of bacterial wilt disease increased at soil pH lower than 5.5 from 2011 to 2014. Then, in a field pot experiment, bacterial wilt disease developed more quickly and severely in acidic conditions of pH 4.5, 5.0 and 5.5. These results indicate that soil acidification can cause the outbreak of bacterial wilt disease.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are soil fungi forming symbiotic associations with majority of land plants. AMF alter soil organic matter (SOM) directly through stabilization of soil aggregates and indirectly providing a path in which plant fixed C02 is transferred below-ground. Understanding contributions of AMF to SOM via protein production and stabilization of soil aggregates will greatly aid our understanding of soil carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and mitigation of soil erosion. The work presented in chapter 2 challenges the glomalin extraction process and assesses the accuracy of the Bradford and monoclonal-antibody ELISA detection methods. My results clarify the contribution of glomalin to SOM: suggesting the extraction process is not eliminating all non-glomalin proteins. My results indicate that the Bradford is prone to overestimating the presence of glomalin when soils contain large concentrations of SOM, the ELISA is prone to retention and interference biases depending on the amount
A group of leading soil scientists, including the University of Delawares Donald L. Sparks, has summarized the precarious state of the worlds soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security in a paper published Thursday, May 7, in the journal Science.. In a review of recent scientific literature, the article, titled Soil and Human Security in the 21st Century, outlines threats to soil productivity -- and, in turn, food production -- due to soil erosion, nutrient exhaustion, urbanization and climate change.. Soil is our planets epidermis, said Sparks, echoing the opening line of the article. Its only about a meter thick, on average, but it plays an absolutely crucial life-support role that we often take for granted.. Sparks, who is the S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at UD, has been chair of the National Academy of Sciences U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences since 2013.. He and his five ...
Manure additions to cropland can reduce total P losses in runoff on well-drained soils due to increased infiltration and reduced soil erosion. Surface residue management in subsequent years may influence the long-term risk of P losses as the manure-supplied organic matter decomposes. The effects of manure history and long-term (8-yr) tillage [chisel plow (CP) and no-till (NT)] on P levels in runoff in continuous corn (Zea mays L.) were investigated on well-drained silt loam soils of southern and southwestern Wisconsin. Soil P levels (0-15 cm) increased with the frequency of manure applications and P stratification was greater near the surface (0-5 cm) in NT than CP. In CP, soil test P level was linearly related to dissolved P (24-105 g ha?1) and bioavailable P (64-272 g ha?1) loads in runoff, but not total P (653-1893 g ha?1). In NT, P loads were reduced by an average of 57% for dissolved P, 70% for bioavailable P, and 91% for total P compared with CP. This reduction was due to lower sediment ...
1. Introduction. 2. Measurement of Moisture Content.. 3. Measurement of Specific Gravity of Soil Solids.. 4. Measurement of Liquid Limit and Plastic Limit.. 5. Analysis of Grain Size Distribution.. 6. Laboratory Classification of Soil.. 7. Field Classification of Soil.. 8. Laboratory Soil Compaction.. 9. Field Measurement of Dry Unit Weight and Moisture Content.. 10. Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Granular Soil Using a Fixed-Wall Permeameter.. 11. One-Dimensional Consolidation Test of Cohesive Soil.. 12. Direct Shear Strength Test of Granular Soil.. 13. Unconfined Compressive Strength Test of Cohesive Soil.. 14. Unconsolidated-Undrained Triaxial Shear Strength Test of Cohesive Soil.. Appendix A. Laboratory Data Sheets. ...
Dune slacks are biodiverse seasonal wetlands which experience considerable fluctuation in water table depth. They are under threat from lowered water tables due to climate change and water abstraction and from eutrophication. The biological effects caused by the interactions of these pressures are poorly understood, particularly on soil processes. We used a mesocosm experiment and laboratory assays to study the impact of lowered water tables, groundwater nitrogen contamination, and their synergistic effects on soil microbial processes and greenhouse gas emissions. This study showed that just a 10 cm decrease in water table depth led to a reduction in denitrification and to a corresponding increase in soil nitrogen content. Meanwhile N2O emissions occurred for longer durations within dune slack soils subject to higher concentrations of groundwater nitrogen contamination. The results from extracellular enzyme assays suggest that decomposition rates increase within drier soils shown by the increase ...
Soil texture strongly influences the soils ability to retain moisture (available water holding capacity), its general level of fertility and ease or difficulty of cultivation. Water moves easily through sandy soils therefore small amounts of moisture are retained and these soils dry out more quickly than clayey soils. Clayey soils transmit water very slowly; therefore these soils are susceptible to excess soil moisture conditions and to water erosion in undulating landscapes. Sandy soils do not retain plant nutrients as well as clayey soils and are lower in natural fertility; sandy soils often characterized by loose or single grained structure and are very susceptible to wind erosion. Medium-textured (loamy) soils are characterized by properties that fall between the extremes of coarse and fine-textured soils. They are generally fertile, able to retain sufficient moisture for plant use and are relatively easy to cultivate. Mineral particles in soil are grouped according to size into sand (2-0.05 ...
Rainfall is the main resource of soil moisture in the semiarid areas, and the altered rainfall pattern would greatly affect plant growth and development. Root morphological traits are critical for plant adaptation to changeable soil moisture. This study aimed to clarify how root morphological traits of Bothriochloa ischaemum (a C4 herbaceous species) and Lespedeza davurica (a C3 leguminous species) in response to variable soil moisture in their mixtures. The two species were co-cultivated in pots at seven mixture ratios under three soil water regimes [80% (HW), 60% (MW), and 40% (LW) of soil moisture field capacity (FC)]. At the jointing, flowering, and filling stages of B. ischaemum, the LW and MW treatments were rewatered to MW or HW, respectively. At the end of growth season, root morphological traits of two species were evaluated. Results showed that the root morphological response of B. ischaemum was more sensitive than that of L. davurica under rewatering. The total root length (TRL) and root
The increase in soil test phosphorus differs for different soils; the same soil test phosphorus on different soils may support different concentrations of phosphorus in runoff. Soils with higher soil test phosphorus support higher concentrations of phosphorus in runoff. Soil-specific data are lacking for most Missouri soils.. The environmental soil test phosphorus, like agronomic soil test phosphorus, is an index procedure that extracts only a portion of the phosphorus in soil. The extraction procedure and the depth of soil sampling will dramatically effect the soil test value reported on a given soil. Caution should be used when quoting critical soil test levels; always note the extraction method and depth of soil sampling. Environmental soil test values from a Bray-I test on a 6-inch sample and a water extract on a 1-inch sample are not comparable.. Extracts being considered for environmental soil test phosphorus include water, Bray-I P, Mehlich-III P and iron-oxide strip P. Depth of soil ...
Mongol News interviewed senior worker at the Public Health Institute Sh.Batdelger about this issue.. Does the Public Health Institute conduct research on soil contamination each year? If so, which part of the city has research been conducted in lately?. Research in 2012 showed that 80 percent of Ulaanbaatar was affected by third degree soil contamination. Some parts had been found to have top soil contamination.. In 2013, our scientists took soil samples near schools and kindergartens in Bayanzurkh District and the result was at fourth degree contamination.. Recent research done in public areas near Narantuul in the 14th khoroo, Bayanzurkh District found heavy metals in the soil.. In the past we did research in the Ulaanbaatar area, but we are now conducting research in each district.. Does trash cause the soil contamination around Narantuul, and why has the market area been specifically focused on for conducting research?. We cleaned the area surrounding Narantuul on our Trash Bucket ...
Increases in the magnitude and variability of precipitation events have been predicted for the Chihuahuan Desert region of West Texas. As patterns of moisture inputs and amounts change, soil microbial communities will respond to these alterations in soil moisture windows. In this study, we examined the soil microbial community structure within three vegetation zones along the Pine Canyon Watershed, an elevation and vegetation gradient in Big Bend National Park, Chihuahuan Desert. Soil samples at each site were obtained in mid-winter (January) and in mid-summer (August) for 2 years to capture a component of the variability in soil temperature and moisture that can occur seasonally and between years along this watershed. Precipitation patterns and amounts differed substantially between years with a drought characterizing most of the second year. Soils were collected during the drought period and following a large rainfall event and compared to soil samples collected during a relatively average ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Nitrogen limitation and nitrogen fixation during alkane biodegradation in a sandy soil. AU - Toccalino, P. L.. AU - Johnson, R. L.. AU - Boone, D. R.. PY - 1993/9/17. Y1 - 1993/9/17. N2 - We investigated nutrient limitations during hydrocarbon degradation in a sandy soil and found that fixed nitrogen was initially a limiting nutrient but that N limitation could sometimes be overcome by N2 fixation. Hydrocarbon biodegradation was examined in an unsaturated sandy soil incubated aerobically at 20°C with propane or butane and various added nutrients. Propane and butane degradation proceeded similarly during the first 3 months of incubation. That is, bacteria in soil amended with N oxidized these hydrocarbons more rapidly than in controls without nutrient additions or in soil with added phosphate or trace minerals. Both propane- and butane-amended soil apparently became N limited after the initial available inorganic N was utilized, as indicated by a decrease in the rates of ...
Mediterranean biomes are biodiversity hotspots and also have been historically related to wine production. During the last decades, land occupied by vineyards has increased considerably threatening these Mediterranean ecosystems. Land use change and agricultural management affect soil biodiversity, changing physical and chemical properties of soil. These changes may have consequences on wine production, especially because soil is a key component of wine identity or terroir. Here, we characterized the taxonomic and functional diversity of bacterial and fungal communities present in soil from vineyards in Central Chile. To accomplish this goal we collected soil samples from organic vineyards from Central Chile and employed a shotgun metagenomic approach. Additionally, we also studied the surrounding native forest as a picture of the soil conditions prior to the establishment of the vineyard. Our metagenomic analyses revealed that both habitats shared most of the soil microbial species. In general,