Journal of
Soil Science and Environmental Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Soil Sci. Environ. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2391
  • DOI: 10.5897/JSSEM
  • Start Year: 2010

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Assessment of selected soil physicochemical properties on different land-use systems and landscape positions at Hamesa watershed, Wolayita zone, Southern Ethiopia

The investigation was undertaken at Hamesa watershed of Wolayita Zone with the objective to assess the consequences of land-use systems and topography on selected soil physical and chemical properties. Surface soil samples were taken at 0-15cm and 15-30cm depths from three land-use systems (enset, grassland and maize fields) were collected under three slope positions (upper, middle and lower). Both clay and bulk density...

Author(s):Markos Mathewos

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Soil Fertility and Micronutrient Status in Tissues of Maize in Daro Labu District, West Hararghe Zone, Eastern Ethiopia

Depletion of soil fertility due to soil erosion and nutrient mining farming system leads to decline soil productivity and subsequently crop yields. This study was initiated to assess soil fertility status and to determine micronutrient concentration in the tissues of maize grown at Daro Labu district, Eastern Ethiopia. Twelve maize growing fields from four kebeles were selected purposively. Field survey was conducted to...

Author(s):Tadele Geremu, Lemma Wogi, Samuel Feyissa

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Effect of Biochar Application on Selected Soil Properties in Southwestern Nigeria

This study investigated the effect of biochar on dispersible clay and soil chemical properties. The treatments consisted of four rates of milled biochar (0, 450, 900 and 1344 kg/ha) arranged in a Completely Randomized Design with four replicates. Surface (0-15 cm depth) soil of Iwo (Sandy loam) and Egbeda (Loamy sand) soil series were collected from the Teaching and Research Farm, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,...

Author(s):Olakayode, A. O., Akinde, B. P. and Egbebi, I. A.

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Effect of Vermicompost and Blended Fertilizers Rates on Yield and Yield Components of Tef [Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter] at Tahtay Koraro District, North Western Tigray, Ethiopia

Tef is a stable crop in Ethiopia in which its yield is constrained by poor soil fertility management. Therefore, a field experiment was conducted for two consecutive years during 2016 and 2017 on clayey textural soil to assess the effect of vermicompost and inorganic fertilizer rates on yield and yield components of tef. Accordingly, field experiment with four levels of vermicompost (0, 2, 4 and 6 t ha-1) and four levels...

Author(s):Kinfe Tekulu, Tsadik Tadele, Tewelde Berhe, Solomun Mebrhatom, Goitom Are, Tarekegn Yibabe, Weldegebreal Gebrehiwot, Gebresemaeti Kahsu, Samrawit Mebrhatugawi,

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Influence of Town Waste Removal on Soil Quality at open Waste Dumping Sites of Asella city, Arsi zone, Southeast Ethiopia.

Settler and different organizations produce a large amount of trashes in numerous forms, frequently making our environments dirty and unpleasant. The municipal discarded solid and fluid waste disposal deteriorating soil quality through a decrease in quality indicators because of the indiscriminate dumping of varies waste. Therefore, the focus of this study was to determine urban waste disposal effects on soil quality at...

Author(s):Sisay Taddese, Dinku Balcha

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Fertilizer microdosing: Evaluating yield response of sorghum to different organic and inorganic fertilizer levels applied at plant hills on semi-arid areas

Next to drought, poor soil fertility is the major cause of crops nutrient starvation in Tigray specifically at Mereb lekhe district. Farmers of the study area use different organic and inorganic fertilizers separately and in combination to improve fertility their soils for sorghum production. However, the pace of sorghum production stays constant and/or decreasing with time. Fertilizer efficiency; the type, rate and method...

Author(s):Tsadik Tadele, Geberesemaeti Kaha, Weldegebrel Gebrehiwet, Tewolde Berhe, Kinfe Tekulu, Tarekegn Yibabie, Aklil Gebremedhi, Gidena Tasew¬

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Investigating growth and performance of Bolusanthes speciosus in a chrome rich soil in

In order to examine the survival and performance of Bolusanthes speciosus on metalliferous soil found along the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, we conducted an ex situ experiment by transplanting four months old seedlings of the species into a chrome rich soil packed in black polythene bags in a green house at Midlands State University agriculture farm. The experiment consisted of a total of sixteen plants layered into four rows...

Author(s):N. M. Zhou, P. M. Ndlovu,

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Evaluation of Conservation Farming Practices for Improving Sorghum Yield at Tanqua Abergelle Wereda, Northern Ethiopia

Traditional farming, particularly tillage has long been used by farmers to loosen the soil, make a seed bed and control weed. However, it has been discovered that tillage operations, overtime, cause a decline in soil fertility and overall productivity resulting from deterioration of soil physical, chemical and biological properties. The purpose of the study was to find the effect of minimizing soil disturbance on sorghum...

Author(s):Meresa Weleslassie, Guesh Assefa

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Oil Degrader Fungi Of Spent Engine Oil Contaminated Soil From Selected Mechanic Workshops In Minna, Nigeria

The aim of this study is to investigate the oil degrader fungi associated with degradation of spent engine oil contaminated soil in five selected mechanic workshops in Minna. Samples of the spent engine oil contaminated soils were collected from Shanchaga, Maikunkele, Shiroro, Tunga and Bosso mechanic workshops located in Minna Local Government Area. The fungi were isolated from the soils using dilution plate method in...

Author(s):Eghosa OSAZEE; Matthew Omoniyi ADEBOLA

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The effect of vermi-compost and NPS fertilizer on yield and yield components of potato (solanum tuberosum l.) in Bale highland, Ethiopia

Potato (Solanum Tuberosum L.) is an important tuber crop in Ethiopia. However, the yield of the crop is often constrained by low and imbalanced nutrient supply in the soil. Therefore, a field experiment was conducted at MWU and Dinsho District to study the effect of vermi-compost and NPS fertilizers on yield and yield component of potato (Solanum Tuberosum L.) during 2016/17 main rainy season. Gudane cultivar as...

Author(s):Abdunasir Yunus, Semira Nasir and Alemayehu Wudneh

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Response of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) to Potassium and Sulfur Application at Kafta Humera District, Western Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

Potassium and sulfur are among the most important nutrients limiting sesame production. EthioSIS soil testing map indicate that nutrients such as K and S are deficient in the study site. Study was carried out to investigate response of sesame to K and S application at Humera Agricultural Research Center, Kafta Humera district, Tigray, Ethiopia in 2016 main cropping season. Treatments consisted four levels of potassium (0,...

Author(s):Teame Shimgabr, Lemma Wogi, Anteneh Argaw

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Morphological characteristics and chlorophyll content on two selected crops: Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp and Zea mays L. around the polluted site of cement factory of Figuil North-Cameroon.

The production of cement is associated with serious deterioration of air quality and considerable damages on vegetation and other organisms. We investigated the effect of cement dust pollution on morphological characteristics, biomass and on chlorophyll content of two important crop plants in Cameroon (Vigna unguiculata, Zea mays) grown 30 and 500 meters in North and East directions from the cement factory of Figuil,...

Author(s):Housseini Djida Jacques, Nicolas Yanou Njintang, Hartmut Koehler

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Assessment of heavy metal pollution in soil and barley crop grown around Mugher cement factory, Ethiopia

Different researches showed that cement manufacturing is one of the significant sources of heavy metal pollution in soil through precipitation and fallout. In this study, heavy metals pollution in soil and barley crop grown around Mugher cement factory were investigated. A total of 36 soil samples at different distance from the factory (0- 500m, 500- 1500m and 4000m) and 22 barley sample were collected and analyzed at...

Author(s):Yohannse Habteyesus Yitagesua, Eshetu Bekele

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Classification of Ethiopian soils with pH

Knowledge of the spatial distribution of soil pH (potential hydrogen) is important for soil and crop management practices aimed at improving agricultural productivity. The present study was conducted to investigate the spatial coverage of the various pH classes of Ethiopian soils. Analysis of the harmonized world soil data base (version 1.2) using GIS and remote sensing tools and classification of the top soil pH data...

Author(s):Edossa Fikiru Wayima

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Role of soil microbial community in greenhouse gases emission and mitigation stretagies for reducing methane emission from rice paddy soil to address global warming and global climate change issues

Rice paddy soils are complex ecosystems characterized by metabolic processes responsible for the production and emissions of different greenhouse gasses. The oxic and anoxic conditions of the rice paddy soil have been changed continuously through alternative cycles of flooding and drainage which might be responsible for different microbial community structure and their impact on greenhouse gasses. The changes in the...

Author(s):Muhammad Israr khan, Muhammad Qasim, Gil Won Kim, Hyun Young Hwang, Seung Tak Jeong, Jeong Gu Lee, Hyo Suk Gwon, Abdul Aziz, Jin Hoo Lee, Muhammad Ashraful Alam, Song Rae Cho, Pil Joo Kim

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Pre harvest spray of biostimulants and growth regulators on shelf life of leafy coriander (coriandrum sativum l.) Var. Co (cr) 4

The experiment was conducted two seasons to study “Pre harvest spray of certain biostimulants and growth regulators on shelf life of leafy coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) var. CO (CR) 4” was conducted at the Department of Spices and Plantation Crops, Horticultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, during the year of 2015-2016. The objective of this study is to find out the...

Author(s):B. Lokesh, A. Ramar, V. Jegadeeswari, P. Paramaguru

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Effects Of Long Term Sugarcane Production On Physicochemical Properties Of Soils At Finchaa Sugar Estate

: In Ethiopia, where sugarcane has been cultivated for over 20 years, changes in soil physicochemical properties are expected to occur albeit information on the extent of change is scanty. A study was conducted in 2015 at Finchaa Sugar Estate with the objective of assessing the status of selected soil properties under long term mechanized sugarcane cultivation. Disturbed composite and undisturbed soil samples from 0-30 and...

Author(s):Tesfaye Wakgari, Kibebew Kibret, Bobe Bedadi, Melesse Temesgen, Teklu Erkossa

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Studies on fertility potentials of some soils in Jada local government area of Adamawa State, North East Nigeria

Field works were conducted to the study fertility potentials of some soils in Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Soil samples were collected from four selected wards; Jada, Wuro-Abbo, Mbulo and Kojoli, using cropping systems as criteria for collection. Four profile pits were sunk in each of the wards and twelve (12) augering points, three in each ward at a distance of 2.5 km away from the pit. Soils were analyzed...

Author(s):Salihu, Ardo Musa

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Texture is the finest or coarseness of the soil material that are equivalent to less than 2.00mm in diameter and structural stability describes the ability of the soil to retain its arrangement of aggregates and pore space when exposed to external stress such as wetting and cultivation. Thus this study evaluates the effect of soil texture and period of soaking in aggregate stability of four major soils textural classes in...

Author(s):Ijeh A. C, Nweke I. A, Asadu C. L. A.

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A field study, conducted at the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, research farm, evaluated changes in some properties of a degraded Ultisol and nutrient uptake in a maize cropping system amended with four rates each of poultry manure (0, 10, 20 and 30 t ha-1) and NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer (0, 125, 250 and 500 kg ha-1). The experiment was a 4 x 4 factorial in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three...

Author(s):Chukwu L. I., Ano A. O., Asawalam D. O

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Field experiments were conducted in 2000 through 2001 to assess yield trends of maize and cassava in a rotational cropping sequence under integrated use of manure (poultry manure, M) and fertilizer (NPK 20:10:10, F) on a degraded Ultisol of southeastern Nigeria. The experiment was a 4 x 4 factorial in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replications. The results showed no direct significant M x F...

Author(s):Chukwu L. I., Ano A. O., Asawalam D. O

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Comparative Analyses of the Physico-Chemical Properties of Soils obtained from Ogbole Ogume and Abbi, Delta State, Nigeria.

Efforts were made in this present study to establish a relationship between physico-chemical characteristics in grassland soils that were differentially located and whose soils were put to different usages. Thus, physic-chemical analyses were carried out on grassland soils of Ogbole Ogume and Abbi in Ndokwa West Local Government Areas of Delta State, Nigeria. The soils were collected at the margin, centre and 10m away from...

Author(s):Amukali Ogochukwu

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Evaluation of land suitability for cash and perennial cops using geographical information system in east Amhara region, Ethiopia

Land suitability mapping and analysis is a prerequisite to achieving optimum utilization of the available land resources. The objective of this study was to spatially evaluate land suitability for sesame (S. indicum L.), cotton (G. hirsutum L.), Ethiopian banana (E. ventricosum L.) and Mango (M. indica L.) crops in the east Amhara region, Ethiopia based on FAO guidelines. Geographical Information System (GIS) was used to...


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soil conservation paper

A study was conducted at Donbi watershed, Wolaita zone, southern Ethiopia to identify, describe and evaluate different introduced soil and water conservation practices and to assess farmers’ perceptions about soil erosion and conservation measures. The necessary data were generated through field measurements and structured questionnaire survey, group discussion and transect walk. The structures were evaluated by comparing...


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Soil chemical properties under two managements systems and residual effects of the application of lime and gypsum

The objective of this study was to evaluate the residual effect of the application of lime and gypsum in soil chemical properties under two managements systems. The experimental design was randomized blocks with a split-plot design. The plots received levels of conventional and no-tillage management system factors. Subplots received applications of lime and gypsum (Control, Limestone at 3.563 Mg ha-1), Gypsum (2 Mg ha-1),...

Author(s):Kenio Batista Nogueira, Cassiano Garcia Roque, Mônica Cristina Rezende

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Water and soil loss from purple soil surface under simulated rainfall in Sichuan basin, Southwest China

The relationship between rainfall, runoff and soil loss from different slope angles of purple soil still remain unclear despite numerous studies. This study was carried out in the laboratory to estimate runoff and sediment yield from different slope angles (5°, 10°, 15°, 20° and 25°) using Norton rainfall simulator and soil boxes. The soil was subjected to different rainfall intensities 0.6, 1.1, 1.5 and 1.8 mm/min....

Author(s):Abdel-Kabirou Bouraima, Binghui He

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Soil survey for Agricultural land use planning in Tofa local government, Kano state

Soil survey and mapping is an important aspect of soil science, since it plays a key role in the knowledge about soil properties and how it can be used for Agriculture, Irrigation, Urbanization and other land uses. This study focus on soil survey of Tofa Local Government, Kano for the purpose of Agricultural land use planning. Free traverse method was employed where the study area was divided base on physiography into four...

Author(s):Soil survey and mapping is an important aspect of soil science, since it plays a key role in the knowledge about soil properties and how it can be used for Agriculture, Irrigation, Urbanization and other land uses. This study focus on soil survey of Tofa Local Government, Kano for the purpose of Agricultural land use planning. Free traverse method was employed where the study area was divided base on physiography into four land units; land unit A (Highland), Land unit B (Upland), land unit C (Re

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Characterization, Classification and Agricultural Potential of Soils of the Lower Niger Floodplain at Ogbaru, South Eastern Nigeria

The soils of the lower Niger floodplain at Ogbaru are intensively cultivated, as it is a major food basket of the State and surrounding regions. The soils were studied using profiles along the slope. Profiles were dug along the upper-slope, middle-slope and toe-slope at Atani. Soil samples collected from the pedogenetic horizons of the three profiles were characterized and classified. The soils developed on the alluvial...

Author(s):F. C Okenmuo, P. K. Kefas, H. J. Philip

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Local soil knowledge and crop allocation in the Savanna peri forest zone of Cameroun

In the tropics, tapping into farmer’s soil knowledge and incorporating them in experiential‐based insight can help alleviate the limitations of working in data‐poor regions. The objective of this study was to understand how farmers of the savannah peri forest of center Cameroon use soil knowledge for crops allocation. To this end, semi‐structured interviews, farm mapping exercises and farm‐transect walks were used on 18...

Author(s):Abossolo Angue M., Ndaka Bonguen S. M., Ndaka Bonguen S. M., Ndaka Bonguen S. M

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Effect of tillage and soil amendment on carbon storage in the semi deciduous forest zone of Ghana.

There are controversies about findings on the effects of tillage practices and soil amendments soil organic carbon storage. Hence, a 3-year study was conducted at an Agricultural Research Station of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Anwomaso, to investigate how tillage and soil amendment influence carbon sequestration on a benchmark soil in Ghana. Split-plot design with three replications was...

Author(s):MURPHY OPOKU ACHEAMPONG, Rev. Fr. Mensah Bonsu

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Yield response trends in a sweetpotato- cassava rotation system under integrated composite manure and fertilizer management strategy

Field experiments were conducted in 2014 through 2015 to investigate yield response trends of Sweetpotato and Cassava in a rotational cropping sequence under one-time application of five rates of composite manure (M) (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 t ha-1) and four rates of NPK 15:15:15 fertilizer (F) (0, 200, 400 and 600 kg ha-1) on a degraded Ultisol at Umudike, Southeastern Nigeria (SEN). The experiment was a 5x4 factorial in a...

Author(s):Chukwu, L.I., Anedo, E.O, Agugo, B.A.C.

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Sustained Nutrient delivery:A new perspective in bioremediation

In order to optimize fertilizer efficiency and minimize its negative impact on environment, a sustainable nutrient delivery system should be employed. Fertilizers when applied directly to crude oil polluted sites are vulnerable to losses from volatilization and leaching and contribute towards environmental pollution in terms of hazardous gaseous emissions and water eutrophication. To maximize the degradative potentials of...

Author(s):Chioma Bertha Ekwuabu, Chioma Blaise Chikere, Onyewuchi Akaranta

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Effects of sowing densities on ground cover and aboveground biomass of cover crops - fodder rape and white mustard

Aim The aim of the study was to determine the effect of sowing density on ground cover and above ground biomass of fodder rape (Brassica napus .L.) and white mustard (Sinapis alba). Both crops were grown as cover crops with the purpose of conserving or restoring the productivity of the land through incorporation of the vegetative matter in the soil. Methods Field experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of sowing...


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Organophosphorus and Organochlorine Pesticide Residues in Soil and Water from Vegetable Growing Floodplains in Minna, North Central, Nigeria

The application of pesticide in agriculture has improved food production, however, the resultant pesticide residues released to the environment are potentially harmful to human health and the ecosystem even at low concentrations. Organophosphorus and Organochlorine multi- pesticide residue analysis were determined in soil and water samples from the vegetable growing floodplains in Minna, North Central, Nigeria, where urban...


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Soil quality assessment under different cropping systems in Sub-humid (dry) ecosystem of Central India

Effect of different cropping systems (CS) on the soil quality (SQ) was assessed for soils of Sub-humid (dry) ecosystem of Central India in Rahat watershed of Nagpur District, India. Forty two surface and subsurface samples were analyzed for two physical indicators viz. bulk density (BD) and particle size distribution; four chemical indicators viz. electrical conductivity (EC), soil organic carbon (SOC), Free Calcium...

Author(s):Vrushali R. Bhende, V. D. Guldekar, D. S. Kankal

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The use of Phytoremediation as a non-destructive and cost-effective in-situ technology for the clean-up of spent oil contaminated soils was investigated using two common plants, Chromolaena odorata (siam weed) and Helianthus annuus (sunflower).The experimental set-up was established in three locations and consisted of a system of treatment of polluted sites with Chromolaena odorata,Helianthus annuuswith a separate control....

Author(s):EMMANUEL I. UGBE, C. Iheukwumere, Samuel Ugim

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Effects of Physicochemical Properties on Soil Quality around some Rivers that feed Selected Mangroves of Cameroon

Rivers Wouri and Meme feed the Wouri and Rio del Rey mangroves, respectively, of Cameroon. The dependence of both flora and fauna on these water resources that depend on the quality of the soil is a cause for concern. This study examined the physicochemical properties of soils that were collected around the vicinity of these rivers. This was to ascertain the former’s role in controlling the movement of chemical entities...

Author(s):Norbert Nkafu Fomenky, Aaron Suh Tening, George Bindeh Chuyong, Kenneth Mbene

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