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
  • Published Articles: 307

JSSEM Articles

Farmers perception on soil fertility status of small- scale farming system in southwestern Ethiopia

September 2016

Soil is one of the most essential natural resources. That is why soil fertility management is a major global concern. The current study in Delta sub-watershed was conducted to assess farmer’s perception on soil fertility status of small holder farming system under different land uses, Enset (Ensete ventricosum) farm, grazing and agricultural land. Both secondary and primary data were collected through direct field...

Author(s): Bahilu Bezabih, Mulugeta Iemenih and Alemayehu Regassa

Sulphate sorption and desorption characteristics of selected Malawi soils

September 2016

The soils selected for this study represented major soil types in Malawi. They exhibited a wide range of physical and chemical properties. Their pH values ranged from 4.7 to 6.7 and their contents of clay fraction (<0.002 mm) ranged from 170 to 500 g kg-1, organic matter from 6.7 to 39.3 g kg-1, free Fe2O3 from 18.9 to 44.7 g kg-1, and free Al2O3 from 17.8 to 45.6 g kg-1. The soils varied widely in their SO4 sorption...

Author(s): J. H. A. Maida and P. C. Nalivata  

Variability of soil organic carbon with landforms and land use in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania

September 2016

This study was carried out to assist in the formulation of conservation technologies for landscape sustained productivity in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Conventional soil survey methods were used to develop a base map on which 55 soil profile pits were randomly located on representative landforms and land use mapping units. Soil samples were collected from topsoils for soil carbon analysis using the wet digestion...

Author(s): Joel Loitu Meliyo, Balthazar, M. Msanya, Didas Nahum Kimaro, Boniface Hussein John Massawe, Proches, Hieronimo LothS. Mulungu, Jozef Deckers and Hubert Gulinck

Liming and selenium application impact on plant available selenium in selected soils of Malawi

August 2016

Selenium (Se) is an essential micronutrient for humans and other animals. Its deficiency in food can cause cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases in humans. In high concentrations, Se is toxic for humans, animals and plants. The bioavailability of Se in soils largely determines the Se level in food, feed and therefore throughout the nutrition chain. Selenium content in soils is highly variable. The objective of this...

Author(s): B. Masanza, J. H. A. Maida, A. D. C. Chilimba, M. W. Lowole and P. C. Nalivata

Soil management effects on phosphorus sorption and external P requirement in oxisols of Malawi

August 2016

Oxisols are one of the major soils of Malawi and they are high in P sorption. Conservation agriculture has been practiced on this soil for some years now but soil management effects on P sorption and external P requirement (EPR) of Oxisols in Malawi have not, however, been determined. Soil management effects on P sorption and EPR of Oxisols in Malawi were therefore determined in the present study. The effects studied...

Author(s): Mnthambala F., James H. A. Maida, Max W. Lowole and Venon H. Kabambe

Ammonia volatilization in corn crop as a result of the application of different nitrogenous fertilizers

August 2016

The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse with samples of Eutroferric Red Latosol. On each of these samples, an amount of 800 mg/kg of N was superficially added in the soil. The experiment consisted of five industrial sources of nitrogen, urea (45% of N), urea plus (45% of N), ammonium sulfate (20% of N and 24% of S), Yarabela® (27% of N) where we assessed the volatilization 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 18 days after...

Author(s): Jéssica Caroline Coppo, Maria do Carmo Lana, Marilda schmoller, Graziely Gody, Diego Fatecha Fois, Samara Brandão Queiroz, Eloisa Lorenzetti, Rodrigo Fernado Dourado, Marlon Rafael Luft, Danimar Dalla Rosa   and Cesar Kent Hoshiba Kawavata

Evaluation of soil contamination in the surroundings of Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML) industrial area in Kollam District, Kerala, South India

July 2016

Toxic trace metals concentration in soil exerts a decisive impact on soil quality in an industrial area. In recent days, industrialization is growing at very faster rate than any other activities. Due to industrialization, the pollution load for water, air and soil is increasing day by day. Metal pollution in soil possess a serious threat to the human health and safety of agricultural production. An attempt is made here...

Author(s): Beena, K. N and Jaya, D. S.

Application of silicon ameliorated salinity stress and improved wheat yield

July 2016

Management of soil salinity is an important research field around the globe, especially when associated with the limited water resources. This work aimed to improve the growth and yield of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. CV. Sakha-93) grown under salinity stress. A completely randomized design pot experiment with three replications was conducted in a loamy soil with various levels of salinity under local weather conditions....

Author(s): M. A. Ibrahim, A. M. Merwad, E. A. Elnaka, C. L. Burras and L. Follett

Kinetic of pigs’ manures decomposition and nutrient release pattern in ferralitic soil of Benin (West Africa)

June 2016

Our study aims to assess the kinetic of the decomposition and nutrient mineralization process of organic manures from pigs’ dejection. A litter bag study was carried out during 12 weeks following decomposition and nutrient release process in ferralitic soil in southern Benin (West Africa). 200 g of pigs’ manures from four groups of pigs fed with four diets were considered as treatments: T1 (recommended diet...

Author(s): Aliou Saïdou, Hervé  Kouessivi Janvier Bokossa, Emile Didier Fiogbé and Dansou Kossou

Goodness of fit of three infiltration models of a soil under long-term trial in Samaru, Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria

May 2016

Good strategies for water conservation, runoff or flood control and erosion management can be achieved by proper understanding of soil water infiltration characteristics. Three infiltration models Kostiakov’s (1932), Philip’s (1957) and Horton’s (1940) were used to evaluate the infiltration characteristics of soils in a long-term fertilizer experiment in the Northern Guinea Savanna Agro Ecological zone...

Author(s): A. H. Girei, A. Abdulkadir and N. Abdu

Impacts of anthropogenic activities on physical and selected chemical properties of soils in the natural forestË—savanna of Northern Ghana

May 2016

This study assessed the impacts of anthropogenic activities on the textural and selected chemical properties of the soils in the natural forestË—savanna in northern Ghana by comparing the soil physicochemical status of protected forests and neighbouring unprotected forests which are prone to human pressures (except farming and settlements). Three study zones (Wungu, Serigu, and Mognori, which are parts of West Mamprusi,...

Author(s): BIYOGUE DOUTI Nang

Effect of silicon application on roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) grown in a Vertisol in Egypt

April 2016

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) is an important tropical and subtropical crop, because of its multi uses in the medicinal purposes as well as food industries. A plot experiment was conducted in a Vertisol in Egypt over two sequential seasons (2013 and 2014) to assess the effect of silicon (Si) fertilization on roselle growth and yield. Specific growth characteristics measured were: plant heights, branching, and leaves;...

Author(s): Mohammed A. Abdelkader, Mostafa A. Ibrahim and Lee C. Burras

The effect of Jatropha curcas L. leaf litter decomposition on soil carbon and nitrogen status and bacterial community structure (Senegal)

March 2016

The cultivation of Jatropha curcas L. as a biodiesel feedstock has been encouraged in Senegal to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the effects of climate change. J. curcasis is a poisonous plant which sheds its leaves during the dry season. Although the leaves are toxic for animals, they can help to recycle soil organic matter. This study set out to determine the effect of the decomposition dynamics of...

Author(s): Tidiane Dieye, Komi Assigbetse, Ibrahima Diedhiou, Mbacké Sembene, Amadou Lamine Dieng, Mariama Gueye and Dominique Masse

Analysis of soils from cassava farms in floodplain terrain

March 2016

The study was carried out to analyze soils from cassava farms in floodplain terrain of the River Benue. Cassava is the most extensively cultivated crop in Benue State. Soil samples were collected randomly from cassava farms owned by members of farming cooperative societies in Makurdi, Tarka, and Gboko Local Government Areas. These samples were analysed for physical and chemical properties. The pH was slightly acidic...

Author(s): Abah R. C., and Petja B. M.,

Effect of conservation tillage on soil respiration rate and water content under wheat/maize system in North China Plain

February 2016

Conservation tillage management can improve soil moisture and reduce or increase soil CO2 emission. Soil CO2 flux rate, soil moisture, and the relationship between soil respiration and temperature on North China Plain throughout a 3-year period was determined. Tillage systems were rotary tillage without crop residues (CT), rotary tillage with crop residues incorporated into the soil in winter, and no-tillage with crop...

Author(s): Houssou Assa  Albert,  Liang Guopeng, Gao Lili, Jing Li, Wu Xueping, Wu Huijun, Wang Xiaobin and Cai  Dianxiong

Hydrodynamic behaviour of a pilot scale anaerobic baffled reactor treating SWINE wastewater from farming

January 2016

Swine effluents are among the high pollutants effluent generated by agro-industrial activities, and therefore, inappropriate discharge can initiate fatal processes, such as eutrophication, pollution, and asphyxia of the aquatic biota. In this regard, the anaerobic baffled reactor (ABR) is viewed as a potential bioreactor to handle swine effluents since the baffles play a key role in organic matter degradation. The...

Author(s): Mario Tauzene Afonso Matangue, Claudio Milton Montenegro Campos, Erlon Pereira, Fabiana Amorim and Regina Vila boas

Chemical soil degradation as a result of contamination: A review

December 2015

Chemical soil degradation after erosion is the second most abundant form of soil degradation and as such poses a threat to our finite soil resource, as it tends to render it less usable. It is therefore necessary to understand the means by which soils are degraded chemically. This review paper seeks to highlight some of the causes of soil chemical degradation. One way by which soils degrade chemically is through soil...

Author(s): Richmond Narh Tetteh

Mapping gully erosion in Abia State, Nigeria using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing techniques

October 2015

Soil erosion is of major concern in Abia State, Nigeria. This study adopts a combination of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing as a tool to study and map soil erosion menace in Abia State. For this research, several datasets that represent climate, soil, geology, topographic and anthropogenic factors were used as the basic requirements for environmental modeling of soil loss using Universal Soil...

Author(s): Nnabugwu O. Uluocha and Ibeabuchi Uwadiegwu

Effect of lime and goat manure on soil acidity and maize (Zea mays) growth parameters at Kavutiri, Embu County- Central Kenya

October 2015

A greenhouse pot experiment was conducted to determine the effect of agricultural lime and goat manureon soil acidity and maize growth parameters using soils from Kavutiri-Embu County. Nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers at the rates of 50 and 70 kg ha-1, respectively, and goat manure at three rates (0, 5 and 10 mg ha-1) and agricultural lime (CaCO3) at six rates (0, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, and 12.5 mg ha-1) were used for the...

Author(s): Harun Ireri Gitari, Benson Evans Mochoge and Benjamin Oginga Danga

Effects of integrating different soil and water conservation measures into hillside area closure on selected soil properties in Hawassa Zuria District, Ethiopia

October 2015

Land degradation is a serious global problem. Pursuant to the alarming environmental degradation, the government and non-governmental organizations have implemented various land rehabilitation programs. Among this the predominant one is area closures, through tree-planting and physical conservation measures such as terracing. This study was designed to investigate the impact of integrating soil and water conservation...

Author(s): Lemma Tiki, Menfes Tadesse and Fantaw Yimer

Elucidating the causes of low phosphorus levels in ferralsols of Siaya County, Western Kenya

September 2015

Low available soil phosphorus (P) is one of the factors limiting crop production in western Kenya. Availability of soil P depends on amount of apatite, addition of P fertilizers, P fixing potential of a soil, soil water content and P removal by crops. Ferralsols are one of the major soil groups in Siaya County in western Kenya with low available P. We evaluated the possible causes of low available P in Ferralsols in the...

Author(s): C. O. Owino, P. O. Owuor and D. O. Sigunga

Liming and fertiliser P interaction effects on some indices of fertility of selected Malawi acidic soils

September 2015

Laboratory investigations were conducted to determine effects of liming materials and inorganic phosphatic fertilisers on some indices of soil fertility. Results showed that soil bulk density decreased with increasing additions of liming materials and that interaction effects of dolomitic limestone and mineral fertiliser P increased soil pH from 4.4 for the unlimed top-soils to 6.3 after 3 t ha‒1 of dolomitic...

Author(s): M. J. Benjala, J. H. A Maida, M. W. Lowole and V. H. Kabambe

Applicability of conservation agriculture for climate change adaptation in Rwanda’s situation

September 2015

Improving food security and environmental conservation should be the main targets of innovative farming systems. Conservation agriculture (CA), based on minimum tillage, crop residue retention and crop rotations has been proposed against poor agricultural productivity and soil degradation. This paper discusses the applicability and potential benefits of CA in Rwanda under the unfolding climate change scenario....

Author(s): M. Kabirigi, B. Musana, F. Ngetich, J. Mugwe, A. Mukuralinda and N. L. Nabahungu

Land degradation and the sustainability of agricultural production in Nigeria: A review

September 2015

Human-induced soil degradation that results from erosion, losses of organic matter, plant nutrients and soil compaction are the key factors threatening food security in Nigeria. Food import statistics show that Nigeria is food deficit and starvation stalks the country. The paper examined in some details some factors of soil degradation, their effects on crop yield decline and its impact on the people and the...

Author(s): A. S. Ajayi

Biostimulation of hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria in soil contaminated with spent engine oil using banana and plantain agro-wastes

August 2015

hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria in soil contaminated with spent engine oil, as an alternative to inorganic fertilizers was investigated. Two types of agro-wastes were used for biostimulation of hydrocarbon degraders in soil contaminated with 10% w/w spent engine oil. 100g w/w each of plaintain and banana agro-wastes were supplemented and mixed with spiked soil. The rates of biodegradation of the oil were studied for a...

Author(s): Victor Taghoghor Omoni, Celestine Uzoma Aguoru , Emmanuel Odogbo Edoh and Oluwatayo Makinde

Soil properties and carbon sequestration under desert date (Balanites aegyptiaca) in the lowlands of Northern Ethiopia

August 2015

This study assessed the effect of Balanites aegyptiaca on soil properties and carbon sequestration. A 100 × 100 m plot of entirely the same biophysical setting was delineated. Nine trees of relatively the same diameter at breast height (DBH) were selected to study the effect of the tree on soil properties. In total, 81 soil samples were collected from three radii distances from each tree, that is 0 - 2, 2 - 4, and...

Author(s): Girma Tilahun, Fassil Kebede and Solomon Haftu

Spatial variability and classification of soils on a Legon hill catena in the Accra Plains, Ghana

August 2015

Properties of five soils developed on different positions of a Legon hill catena in the Accra Plains, Ghana, were studied. Nyigbenya, Toje, Adenta, Haatso and Alajo series were located on the higher upperslope, lower upperslope, middle slope, lower slope and bottom slope positions, respectively. All the soils had bulk density between 1.00 and 1.40 Mg m-3 and pH (KCl) > 5.1. Alajo series showed relatively higher pH...

Author(s): Peter N. Eze

Variation in nutrient concentrations of basement complex and sedimentary rock of teak plantations in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria

July 2015

This study examined the differences in the nutrient concentration of the parent material of teak plantations under basement and sedimentary rocks in south western Nigeria. Systematic line transect was employed to establish 18 plots (30 m x 30 m), each in Ilaro (sedimentary rock) and Olokemeji (basement complex rock) plantations which were 37, 40 and 42 years old while twelve rock samples each from 3 quadrants each of 30...

Author(s): OGUNDELE, Fatai Olakunle

Influence of cassava peels and poultry manure-based compost on soil properties, growth and yield of waterleaf (Talinum triangulare Jacq) in an ultisol of south-eastern Nigeria

July 2015

Effects of cassava peels and poultry manure based compost and their sole applications on soil properties, growth and yield of waterleaf were investigated at the University of Calabar Teaching and Research Farm during 2013 and 2014 cropping seasons.  The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replications.  There were seven treatments consisting of mixture of cassava...

Author(s): O. B. Iren, J. F. Akpan, V. F. Ediene and E. E. Asanga

Mitigating N2O emissions from agriculture: A review of the current knowledge on soil system modelling, environmental factors and management practices influencing emissions

July 2015

The AgriGES project is a Concerted Research Action lead by Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, aiming to quantify methane and nitrous oxide emission from pastures and crop fields, respectively. Besides quantification, a second important goal of the AgriGES project is to study the flux dynamics and to gain a better understanding of the biophysical processes coming into play. We focus here on N2O fluxes and first propose an overview...

Author(s): D. Regaert, M. Aubinet and C. Moureaux

Introduction to a quantitative method for assessment of visual impacts of Tehran Towers

June 2015

Landscape arrangement significantly influences observer’s visual experience of the environment. Since measuring this qualitative experience is more based on personal judgments than mathematical techniques, representing “quantifying methods” in this field demands a significant amount of caution and accuracy. This research is an attempt to quantify visual impacts of seven-story- and higher-buildings on...


Forms and content of sesquioxides in soils on basement complexes of northern Guinea savanna of Nigeria

June 2015

The forms and content of sesquioxides (Fe and Mn) were studied in soils developed on basement complex rocks within Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria. The study showed that variation in parent materials and pedogenetic development significantly influenced content of dithionite, oxalate extractable forms of iron and active iron ratio in these soils. The mean values of active sesquioxides (Fe and Mn) ratios between the...

Author(s): Maniyunda L. M., Raji B. A., Odunze A. C. and Malgwi W. B.

Determinants of adopting techniques of soil and water conservation in Goromti Watershed, Western Ethiopia

June 2015

Land degradation is one of the major challenges in agricultural production in many parts of the world, especially in developing nations, including Ethiopia. A number of soil and water conservation methods were introduced to combat land degradation but adoption of these practices remains below expectations. The main objective of the study is to assess determinants of soil and water conservation techniques in Western...

Author(s): Addisu Damtew Atnafe, Husen Maru Ahmed and Demeku Mesfin Adane

Effects of soil conservation technologies in improving soil productivity in northern Ghana

June 2015

A four year study was carried out to ascertain the usefulness of conservation agriculture (CA) technologies in improving biomass cover as well as the physical and chemical properties of the soil across 6 communities in northern Ghana. The conservation agriculture introduced include: Zero tillage, cover cropping, crop rotation and intercropping. Bunding was also introduced as a means of moisture retention. After four...

Author(s): Kugbe X. Joseph, and Zakaria Issahaku

Rainfall variability and crop production in the North-western semi-arid zone of Nigeria

May 2015

This research work examined the implications of rainfall variability on some major food crops of the semi - arid region of northern Nigeria in a changing climate. Fifty years of daily rainfall data (1963 - 2012) were collected from the Meteorological unit of the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and the data were processed using VISUAL-BASIC.NET programme. The concept developed by Ashok...

Author(s): A. M. Yamusa, I. U. Abubakar and A. M. Falaki

Impact of Parthenium hysterophorus L. (Asteraceae) on soil chemical properties and its distribution in a reserve area: A case study in Awash National Park (ANP), Ethiopia

May 2015

The study was conducted in Awash National Park (ANP), East Shewa Zone of Oromia National Regional Sate, Ethiopia, and aimed at determining the impact of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) on soil chemical properties and assessing the current distribution of the weed in the Park. A transect belt of 13.5×0.10 km of parthenium weed infested land was identified. Four quadrats were purposively laid every...

Author(s): Ayana Etana, Ensermu Kelbessa and Teshome Soromessa

Suitability assessment of soil for cassava production in the coastal and hinterland areas of Southern Cross River State – Nigeria

May 2015

Nutrient deficiencies and imbalances are the main constraints of crop production in Nigeria and thus, assessing the suitability of the lands for agricultural production, especially in developing countries to boost crop yield is very urgent and timely. The study is aimed at examining the suitability assessment of soil for cassava production in Southern Cross River State, Nigeria. Soil samples were randomly collected from...

Author(s): Abua M. A.

Effect of seasonal dynamics on the chemical properties of the soil of a Northern Guinea savanna ecosystem in Nigeria

May 2015

Investigations were carried out into the effects of seasonal changes on some soil chemical properties in the Northern Guinea savanna ecosystem in Nigeria. The study was carried out in Kamuku National Park is located in Birnin Gwari of Nigeria in 2011and 2012. Twenty plots were randomly selected for soil sampling from 100 plots of 10 m × 10 m at four different seasons viz: January (dry season), May (beginning of...

Author(s): Olojugba M. R. and Fatubarin A. R.

Available iron distribution in Nigerian soils - A review

April 2015

Enhancement and maintenance of soil available iron (Fe) in a continuous cropping system such as practiced in Southeast Nigeria is critical to producing iron rich food crops and sustaining agricultural productivity. This review focused on the distribution of Fe in Nigerian soils and factors affecting its availability. It is understood that the amount of Fe in soils depends on soil texture, pH, calcium carbonate (CaCO3)...

Author(s): Joy Geraldine Adiele, Chiedozie Egesi, Ahamefule Stephen Nwaogu, Shuibu Suleiman Kahya, and Anthony Osinachi Ano

Spatio-temporal variations of rainfall erosivity in Rwanda

April 2015

This study aims at investigating the spatio-temporal distribution of rainfall erosivity in Rwanda between the 1940s and the 1990s. The study gives new insights into rising trends in rainfall erosivity and, therefore, prepares agriculturalists to take precautionary measures for better land conservation. Modified Fournier Index (MFI) for consecutive decades from 1941 to 1990 and mean differences in Fourier Index (FI) and...

Author(s): Muhire I., Ahmed F. and Abd Elbasit M. M. M.

Effect of different levels of spent engine oil on soil porperties, grain yield of maize and its heavy metal uptake in Abakaliki, Southeastern Nigeria

April 2015

This research was carried out at the Plant and Screen house to study effect of different levels of spent engine oil application on soil properties, grain yield of maize and heavy metals uptake. Completely randomized design was used with nine treatment levels of spent engine oil at 0.0, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8 and 1.0 L were applied to 20 kg of soil. Maize was used as a test crop. Data collected from the study were...

Author(s): Nwite, J. N. and Alu, M. O.

A trial to determine the impact of soil washing on coal seam gas (CSG) dam sediments in Queensland

April 2015

Extracting coal seam gas (CSG) is becoming increasingly common in Australia and throughout the world. With the number of wells in Queensland alone increasing from 10 in 1995 to 4,484 by 2013 and 20,000-40,000 more expected to be drilled in the next 20 years, the production of methane from CSG is forecast to become one of Australia’s largest export commodities within the next decade. There is, however, growing...

Author(s): Lee Fergusson

Phosphorus sorption and external phosphorus requirements of ultisols and oxisols in Malawi

March 2015

Oxisols and ultisols are the major soils of Malawi but the P sorption of these soils has not been studied intensively. As of now, in terms of P fertilizer application these soils are treated   the same. This research was conducted to determine the phosphate sorption properties and external P requirements (EPR) of these soils and to derive sorption values from selected soil properties. Physical and chemical analysis...

Author(s): Frank Mnthambala, James H. A. Maida, Max W. Lowole and Venon H. Kabambe

Soil erosion constraints to sustainable crop production in central senetorial district of Zamfara, north-western Nigeria

March 2015

Soil erosion is one of the challenges of Nigerian agriculture. The present study therefore aimed at surveying prevailing types of soil erosion in Central Senatorial District (Tsafe, Gusau, Bungudu and Maru Local Governments) of Zamfara State-Nigeria, their causes, effects and some measures adopted by farmers in soil and water conservation. Three district each from Gusau and Maru local governments were randomly selected...

Author(s): J. Garba and S. Dalhatu

Assessment of smallholder farmers’ perceptions and degree of adoption of Tithonia diversifolia compost in addressing declining soil fertility in Ming’ongo Extension Planning Areas, Lilongwe, Malawi

March 2015

A study was conducted to assess smallholder farmers’ perceptions and degree of adoption of Tithonia diversifolia chimato compost among the smallholder farmers in Ming’ongo Extension Planning Areas in Lilongwe. Primary data regarding smallholder farmers’ knowledge, perception and adoptions levels on making and using T. diversifolia chimato compost were collected through a questionnaire interview with...

Author(s): MLANGENI Noel Jekemu Thembachako Angstone

Use of soil amendments for urban horticulture in the savannah and forest areas of Ghana

March 2015

The search for suitable alternatives to loam, manure and sand based growing media in Ghana has generated a substantial body of literature on potential amendments akin to the peat based media in developed countries. The objectives of this study were to review literature on potential soil amendments in Ghana, determine the reasons for farmer choice of amendments and determine factors influencing farmer adoption of these...

Author(s): A. H. Abubakari, L. Atuah, B. Banful and H. Bayor

Estimation of water requirements of early and late season maize in Umudike southeastern Nigeria, using Penman’s equation

February 2015

The estimation of water requirements of early and late season maize was carried out based on 10 years meteorological data at Umudike, typical of the humid tropical zone using the Penman’s equation. The results obtained showed that the seasonal crop evapotranspiration (ETo) value for early season maize (April - July) was 450.66 mm while that of late season (June - September) was 369.72 mm. The irrigation water...

Author(s): Akinmutimi, A. L

Soil aggregate stability in a Tunisian semi-arid environment with reference to fractal analysis

February 2015

Soils from semi-arid environments have traditionally been considered to have poorly stable aggregates. The use of aggregate stability methods for erosion research seems of particular interest. However, its use to predict crusting and erosion have yielded conflicting results. In this study, we investigate the possible relations between aggregate stability and soil physical properties, and soil water erosion parameters...

Author(s): Belaid H. and Habaieb H.

Changes in soil characteristics and fungal population dynamics in a pigeonpea field

February 2015

The present study was done in October 2008 and March 2009 to explore the seasonal effects on soil physico-chemical properties and fungal population found at different depth (that is, 5, 10 and 15 cm) as well as on plant parts. Results indicate that in both seasons, organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium was higher in the top 5 cm followed by lower depths (10 and 15 cm). Fungal species isolated from different...

Author(s): Ankita Shukla and Rajeev K. Mishra

The basaltic soils of Plateau State, Nigeria: Properties, classification and management practices

January 2015

Characterization of soils is helpful in the appraisal of soil productivity. The study investigated detailed physico-chemical characterize of the soils developed on basaltic parent materials on the Jos plateau, Nigeria. The aim was to assess appropriate management practice for their sustainability in agricultural production. Four profiles pits were dug and studied, soil samples collected from pedogenetic horizons were...

Author(s): A. M. Hassan, B. A. Raji, W. B. Malgwi and J. O. Agbenin

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