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Authors: Bhagwanbhai, Tandel Minalkumar
Advisor: Kukadia, M. U
Title: Influence of Tree cover and Litterfall on Physico-Chemical Properties of Soil and Availability of Nutrients
Publisher: Forestry ASPEE Colelge of Forestry and Horticulture Gujarat Agricultural University, Navsari
Language: en
Type: Thesis
Pages: 108
Agrotags: null
Keywords: Forestry
Abstract: Litter production leading to nutrient return in natural forests as well as in plantations is one of the important aspects of nutrient recycling. In natural forest and man-made protected plantations, recycling of nutrients is an important aspect as considerable amount of nutrients are returned through littefall in the form of leaves, twigs, bark, branches, flowers, fruits etc. and are made available for reabsorption. A field experiment on "Influence of tree cover and litterfall on physico-chemical properties of soil and availability of nutrients" was conducted at, Instructional Farm, ASPEE College of Horticulture and Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari during the year 2002- 2003. The experiment was laid out in Factorial CRD To (control), TI Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), T2 Hed (Adina cordi/olia), T3 Teak (Tectona grandis), T4 Sharu (Casuarina equisetifolia), T; Nilgiri (Eucalyptus teritocornis), T6 Sissoo ,• I . ,• • • • (Dalbergia sissoo), T, Bamboo ( Dendrocalamus strictus ), Tg Biyo (Pterocarpus marsupium), T 9 Killai (Albizia procera) and T lo Khair (Acacia catechu) with three replication. The soil were collected from three depths (0-30, 30-60 and 60-90 em). The highest reduction of pH, E.C., bulk density and particle density was observed in upper 0-30 em surface depth of soil, while • organic carbon content, available nitrogen, phosphorus, potash, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, CEC, porosity and water holding capacity of soil increased in 0-30 em surface layer. The maximum reduction pH, E.C., bulk density and particle density were noticed under D. sissoo plantation. Organic carbon, available nitrogen, potash, manganese, porosity and water holding capacity were highest under D. sissoo plantation, whereas available iron, zinc, copper and phosphorus were recorded more under khair (Acacia catechu) plantation. Maximum CEC was found under Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus teritocornis) plantation. It is concluded from the results that planting of trees definitely improves fertility of soil. Maximum improvement was noticed in upper 0-30 cm surface layer of soil.
Subject: Forestry
Theme: M.Sc. Thesis
These Type: M.Sc
Issue Date: 2009-10
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