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: 287

JSSEM Articles

Uptake of Pb, Zn and Cu by roots and shoots of fast growing plants grown in contaminated soil in Vietnam

October 2013

The phytoremediation of soil contaminated with lead (Pb), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) from industrial wastewater discharge in a farming village near Hanoi City was investigated. The first growing plant species tested were the Spanish needle, water primrose, common willow herb, and water spinach. Uptake by roots and shoots per unit land area for each species was calculated and compared. The uptake of the heavy metals per...

Author(s): Nguyen Huu Thanh, Tran Thi Le Ha, Cao Viet Ha, Nguyen Duc Hung, Phan Quoc Hung, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Kazuhiko Egashira

Mapping of limestone deposits and determination of quality of locally available limestone in Rwanda

September 2013

  Soil erosion, soil nutrient depletion and soil acidity associated to Aluminium (Al) toxicities are the main soil related constraints to agricultural development in many countries of sub-Sahara Africa. The lime plays an important role in improving soil acidity and hence favours plant nutrition. The aim of this study was to map out the available limestone deposits and to determine their selected quality....

Author(s): Nduwumuremyi A., Mugwe N. J., Rusanganwa C. A. and Mupenzi J.

Farmers’ perception of soil fertility problems and their attitudes towards integrated soil fertility management for coffee in Northern Tanzania

September 2013

  A study was conducted in Hai and Lushoto districts, Northern Tanzania to establish the farmers’ perception of soil fertility problems and their attitudes towards integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) for coffee, thereby identifying the appropriate intervention strategies. The study was based on a structured questionnaire involving 126 respondents. Both farmers’ awareness of the problem and...

Author(s): Godsteven P. Maro, Jerome P. Mrema, Balthazar M. Msanya and James M. Teri

Effects of different land use systems on selected soil properties in South Ethiopia

September 2013

  A study was conducted to determine the effect of different land use systems on soil physical and chemical properties in Sodo Zuria Woreda of Wolaita zone Southern Ethiopia. Differences in soil properties in different land use types at two depths (0-15 and 15-30 cm) were observed on many soil properties important to crop growth. Enset (Ensete Ventricosum) fields had higher pH, electrical conductivity (EC),...

Author(s): Alemayehu Kiflu and Sheleme Beyene

Influence of depths and soil pH on forms of magnesium in soils of four parent materials (Rhodic paleudults, Rhodic tropudalfs, Oxic tropudalfs and Aquic tropossamment)

August 2013

The role of depths and soil pH in the content and occurrence of the forms of magnesium in soils of the four parent materials in Edo and Delta States (Coastal plain sand, Shale, Basement complex and Alluvium) was investigated. Soils samples were collected from profiles that developed on these parent materials, with dimensions 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.5 m and demarcated according to depths ranging from 0 to 150 cm. Reagents...

Author(s): Okpamen S. U., Ilori E. G., Agho I., Nkechika A., Maidoh F. U. and Okonjo P. N.

Composition and structure of humic substances in long-term fertilization experimental soils of southern China

August 2013

Humic substances are extremely important attributes of soil quality but the impacts of long-term fertilization on their composition and structure remain controversial and are still not fully understood. A study, employing various methods was conducted to elucidate the influence of long-term fertilization practices on the composition and structure of humic substances. Soil samples were collected from eight treatments at...

Author(s): Bocar Ahamadou, Qiaoyun Huang, Lin Yaping and Javed Iqbal

Simulation of sediment transport to Sawah rice fields by applying the water erosion prediction project (WEPP) model to a watershed in Ghana

June 2013

Inland valleys are being used under the Sawah technology for rice production to reduce rice imports to Ghana. Sawah technology is assumed to benefit from geological fertilization. However, there is no quantitative information on runoff and sediment flows in the agricultural watershed of Ghana. This study was carried out at Biemso in the southern part of the country. The aim was to estimate runoff and sediment transport...

Author(s): E. T. Atakora, N. Kyei-Baffour, E. Ofori and B. O. Antwi

Genotypic variations in phosphorus use efficiency and yield of some groundnut cultivars grown on an Alfisol at Samaru, Nigeria

June 2013

A field trial was conducted in 2008 at the Institute for Agricultural Research farm at Samaru, to evaluate the  phosphorus uptake, phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) and yield potentials, of five groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) genotypes (SAMNUT 10, 11, 21, 22 and 23). Four levels of phosphorus (0, 20, 40 and 60 kg P2O5 ha-1) were applied to each genotype in a randomized complete block design (RCBD )...

Author(s): A. I. Gabasawa and A. A. Yusuf

Nitrogen and sulphur fertilizers effects on yield, nitrogen uptake and nitrogen use efficiency of upland rice variety on irrigated Fulvisols of the Afar region, Ethiopia

June 2013

The present study was conducted in 2009/10 to investigate the effect of N and S fertilization on yield, N uptake, N use efficiency, and grain protein content of the upland NERICA-4 rice variety. The layout of the experiments was randomized complete block designs with three replications, where in 2009 crop season, the effect of five N rates (N0 = 0, N1 = 36, N2 = 59, N3= 82 and N4 = 105 kg N ha-1) without S and in...

Author(s): Kiros Habtegebrial, Sintayehu Mersha and Solomon Habtu  

Molecular geochemistry of soil organic matter by pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technique: A review

May 2013

Soil organic matter (SOM) is arguably the most complex and least understood component of soils. To analyze SOM structure and reduce SOM large structural heterogeneity, different components of SOM need to be separated into entities that differ in terms of source, composition, and turnover. Pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Pyrolysis-GC/MS) is to present the most effectual approach in the study of the...

Author(s): Mojtaba Mehrabanian

Partial balance of N, P and K in a sole millet crop on a sandy loam soil of Northeast Nigeria

May 2013

A study was conducted on nutrient dynamics through partial N, P and K balances during 2005 growing season. The treatments involved three levels of farmyard manure (FYM: 2.5, 5.0 and 7.5 tons/ha) combined with half (N30P15K15 kg/ha) and full (N60P30K30 kg/ha) recommended rates of NPK fertilizer and sole recommended rates of FYM (7.5 tons/ha) and NPK (N60P30K30 kg/ha) and a control. The experiment was laid out in RCB...

Author(s): A. L. Ngala, H. Yakubu and I. J. Tekwa

Isolation of microorganism from soil contaminated with degraded paper in Jharna village Sharma Richa*, Chandra Subhash and Singh Amrita

May 2013

Pulp and paper mills are categorized as a core sector industry and are the fifth largest contributor to industrial water pollution. The pollutant, discharge from the pulp and paper industry, affect all aspects of the environment such as water, air and land. Various studies have reported detrimental effects of pulp and paper mill effluent on animals living in water bodies receiving the effluent. The effects are...

Author(s): Sharma Richa, Chandra Subhash and Singh Amrita

Assessing soil amendment potentials of Mucuna pruriens and Crotalaria juncea when used as fallow crops

May 2013

This research was carried out to assess the soil amendment potentials of Mucuna pruriens andCrotalaria juncea when used as fallow crops. The research made use of randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three treatments replicated three times. The study revealed higher mean levels of percentage nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, percentage organic carbon and soil pH after incorporation as compared to...

Author(s): Imoro Abukari Ziblim, Gakpo Selorm Paul and Khan Aikins Timothy  

Evaluation of the effect of Ficus thonningii (blume) on soil physicochemical properties in Ahferom district of Tigray, Ethiopia

May 2013

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...

Author(s): Daniel Hagos Berhe, Agena Anjulo, Abdu Abdelkadir and Sue Edwards  

Evaluation of the effect of Ficus thonningii (blume) on soil physicochemical properties in Ahferom district of Tigray, Ethiopia

May 2013

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...

Author(s): Daniel Hagos Berhe, Agena Anjulo, Abdu Abdelkadir and Sue Edwards  

Bioremediation of Uranium in contaminated water samples of Bathinda, Punjab by Desulfovibrio genus

January 2013

Soluble uranium salts enter human body through ground water and foodstuff. World Health Organization (2004) has set 15 µg/L as the "tolerated intake" of soluble uranium in drinking water.Uranium intake above this concentration is toxic to human body. The organ which are most affected are kidney and lungs leading to malfunctioning of kidneys and lung cancer. Soluble uranium is...

Author(s): Leena Parihar, Jasmeen K. Johal and Vikramjit Singh

Nematode pests of plantain: A case study of Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana

January 2013

A survey of plantain farms was conducted in April 2012 at four locations in two districts of Ghana. The purpose was to identify plant parasitic nematodes (PPN) associated with plantain production in Ghana. The locations were Adomakokrom and Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo, Adanwomase and Mpobi in the Ashanti region. Demographic and sociological data of farmers, plantain root lesion scores, PPN populations per 200...

Author(s): K. Osei, P. Mintah, B. M. Dzomeku, H. Braimah, J. Adomako, M. B. Mochiah, E. Asiedu, S. Darkey and Y. Danso

Growth of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) on degraded isohyperthermic arenic kandiudult amended with Oyster shell in a university farm, Southeastern, Nigeria

December 2012

We studied effect of 6 rates of ground oyster shell (GOS) on the growth characteristics of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) in 2007 cropping season. It was a greenhouse experiment arranged in a completely randomized design (CRD) with 6 rates of 0, 250, 500, 750, 1000 and 1250 g/5 kg soil and replicated 4 times. Soil samples were subjected to routine laboratory analyses while growth measurements were also made on...

Author(s): E. U. Onweremadu, J. D. Njoku, B. O. A. Anene and C. Chikere-Njoku

Spatial patterns and correlation of soil properties of a lowland soil

December 2012

Soil water content (q), bulk density (rb) and associated properties greatly influence important soil and plant processes. A field experiment was carried out in Mococa, São Paulo, Brazil, in a lowland area with the objectives firstly, to assess the spatial variability of selected soil propertiesq, rb, total porosity and microporosity using classical and geostatistical techniques and secondly, to find out...

Author(s): Jerry Alfred Ngailo and Sidney Rosa Vieira

Temporal evolution of the hydrodynamic behaviour of sandy deposits in the Sahelian part of Burkina Faso

December 2012

Sahelian areas of Burkina Faso are confronted with various natural and anthropogenic processes that can lead to degraded areas where the vegetation is localized mainly in units called "sandy deposits”. Those deposits are subject to temporal dynamics that greatly impact their hydrodynamic behaviour; the initial drying crust evolves frequently to a drying crust in transition, and ultimately to an erosion crust...

Author(s): D. Niang, A. Mermoud, H. Yacouba and O. Ribolzi

Soil physical properties during different development stage of fruit orchards

December 2012

In the Mekong Delta (MD), fruit trees are usually grown on raised-beds to avoid submergence due to annual flooding. The soils are mostly alluvial and disarranged from the natural soils. The soil may be adversely impacted temporally, particularly with its physical properties. The study was conducted on 10 citrus plantations in Hau Giang province, MD, to illustrate if the covariance between clay content and age can be...

Author(s): Pham Van Quang, Per-Erik Jansson and Vo Thi Guong  

Effect of zinc and phosphorus fertilizers application on yield and yield components of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) grown in calcaric cambisol of semi-arid northern Ethiopia

December 2012

A pot experiment under greenhouse conditions to evaluate the effect of P and Zn nutrients on yield and yield components of faba bean (Vicia faba L. CS20DK) was conducted in P and Zn deficient alkaline soil at Mekelle Agricultural Research Center in 2009. A factorial combination of P and Zn fertilization with three levels of P (0, 30, and 60 kgPha-1) and with three levels of Zn (0, 15, and 25 kg Zn ha-1) was laid in...

Author(s): Yirga Weldua and Mitiku Haileb and Kiros Habtegebrielb

Assessment of metal contamination in soil and plants from abandoned secondary and primary goldmines in Osun State, Nigeria

November 2012

  Heavy metal contamination of soil, water, and crops, and their health impact on residents, is a persistent social issue, and several studies have identified health risks of residents living near abandoned mines. In this study, the heavy metal concentrations in the soil and plants of abandoned gold mines of the primary goldmine and the secondary goldmine, Ilesa-Osun State Nigeria of latitude 7°, 27’N...

Author(s): Ekwue Y. A., Gbadebo A. M., Arowolo T. A. and Adesodun J. K.

Estimation of soil erodibility and rainfall erosivity patterns in the agroecological zones of Ghana

November 2012

  In the agroecological zone of the Biemso watershed area in the Ashanti region of Ghana, an estimination of soil erodibility and rainfall erosivity patterns was conducted. The study investigated the temporal variability of rainfall erosivity using the Fournier Index Method and assessed the soil erodibility parameters of sawah site using WEPP technology. Results obtained from the study showed that soil organic...

Author(s): Harris F. Andoh, Boasiako O. Antwi, Wakatsuiki T. and Eric T. Atakora

Spatial variation in heavy metal concentration in an arable soil along a major highway in Ikorodu-Lagos, Nigeria

October 2012

  Investigations were carried out on the effect of heavy vehicular traffic on the deposition of some heavy metals, namely; Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd) and Zinc (Zn) on an arable soil (under vegetable cultivation) very close to a major highway using spectrophotometric technique (AAS - Perkin Elmer Analyst 400). Also investigated was the correlation between heavy metal residue in the soil and distance (10, 20 and 30...

Author(s): V. T. Sanyaolu, A. A. A. Sanyaolu and E. Fadele

The use of analytic hierarchy process (AHP) for stakeholder preference analysis: A case study from Kasane Forest Reserve, Botswana

October 2012

  Public participation in decision making on management of forest resources is crucial to the planning and sustainable development approach. Rarely, however, are efforts made to measure local stakeholder preferences for sustainable forest management outcomes. This paper intends to analyze the possibility of using analytic hierarchy process as a decision making tool in the process of choosing a preferred...

Author(s): J. P. Lepetu

Distribution of mammals and hunting practices in Okpambe and Assam areas of the Takamanda Rainforest, South-West Cameroon

October 2012

  Ecological and social surveys were conducted to determine the mammal distribution and hunting practices in Okpambe and Assam areas of the Takamanda rainforest. The results obtained show that 31 species of the mammals were encountered in the survey. Among these, 4 species are considered to be threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List: Putty nose monkey (Cercopithecus...

Author(s): Njoh Roland Ndah, Stella Asaha, Mboh Hyacinth, Tata Yengo, Andrew Enow Egbe,Ongie Rose Mukete and Tchounke Naah

Drainage beyond maize root zone in an Alfisol subjected to three land management systems at Minna, Nigeria

September 2012

  The objective of this experiment was to estimate drainage beyond maize rooting depth of 80 cm in relation to tillage and mulch by using Darcy Buckingham’s equation for unsaturated, one-dimensional, vertical flow. Three land management systems were investigated, namely; untilled-mulched, tilled-mulched and tilled-unmulched. The three treatments were replicated three times in a randomized complete block...

Author(s): A. J. Odofin, N. A. Egharevba, A. N. Babakutigi and P. C. Eze

Biological nitrogen fixation in sole and doubled-up legume cropping systems on the sandy soils of Kasungu, Central Malawi

September 2012

  Nitrogen is the most limiting element in Malawi soils with respect to crop production. However, grain legumes that are associated with biological nitrogen fixation are commonly grown in the country. Results are reported of a study on evaluation of the effects of sole cropped and doubled-up legume systems (legume-legume intercrop) on biological nitrogen fixation on the Ultisols of Kasungu district,...

Author(s): Keston Oliver Willard Njira, Patson Cleopus Nalivata, George Yobe Kanyama-Phiri and Max William Lowole

Effect of heavy metal and nutrient uptake by soils in Indian Cardamom Hills

August 2012

  Indian cardamom hill soils were studied to understand nutrient and heavy metal uptake and consequent fertility level changes. Extensive cultivation of cardamom and conversion of forest land to cardamom agriculture resulted in decline of OM and lower pH. Application of chemical fertilizers in the recent past helped enhance the available phosphorus (P). This is surprisingly contrary to the general observation...

Author(s): Murugan Muthusamy, Bijoy K. Panigrahy, Paddu Krishnappa Shetty, Alappan Subbiahand Raju Ravi

Quantification of macro and micro elements in selected green vegetables and their soils from Aliero agricultural fields in Aliero, Kebbi State, Nigeria

August 2012

  This study was undertaken to determine the concentrations of macro and micro elements in amaranth, roselle and kenaf as well as in their soils from six different agricultural fields in Aliero, Kebbi state, Nigeria. The highest values for the concentrations of P, Mg and Zn were observed in amaranth from site A; K, Fe and Mn from site D; Na from site E; Ca and Ni from site F; and Cu and Cd from site B. In...

Author(s): Y. Yahaya, U. A. Birnin-Yauri, B. U. Bagudo and S. S. Noma

Effects of different culture media on rooting of Urtica dioica L. stem cuttings

July 2012

  In the present study, the rooting behavior was evaluated for stem cuttings of one of medicinally important plant, Urtica dioica L. Among four treatments of rooting media which includes field soil, sand, small sand and water, average of rooting in field soil was highest. There were no differences in root production between macro sand and water treatments. The same patterns occurred with root weight...

Author(s): Ammarellou, Ali, , Kazemeitabar, Kamal, Najafei, Hamid Zarreinei, Mortazavei, Najmaddin and Ammarellou, Nasimeh

Evaluation of fertility status and irrigation potentials of selected Fadama soils in Adamawa State, North-eastern Nigeria

July 2012

  The study was conducted to determine the fertility status and irrigation potentials of selected Fadama soils in Adamawa State, North-eastern Nigeria. An area of about 54 ha of Fadama land was randomly selected within each site based on their usage for intensive irrigation agriculture. Three transects that are 300 m apart were cut in each of the Fadama areas. Four sampling points that are 150 m apart...

Author(s): Jamala G. Y. , Shehu H. E., Musa A. M. and Abraham P.

Mapping and screening risk assessment of heavy metals concentrations in soils of the Bahr El-Baker Region, Egypt

July 2012

  Mapping the spatial distribution of soil pollutants is essential for delineating contaminated areas ofBahr El-Baker Soils, Egypt. Geostatistical interpolation and kriging was used to estimate pollutant levels in soils. The X- Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X- Ray Diffraction (XRD) analyses results showed similarity of the studied soils in the most of chemical and mineralogical (dominant montmorillonite)...

Author(s): El-Sayed E. Omran and Afaf A. Abd El Razek

Performance studies of free-living tomato (Lycopersicon exculentum L.) rhizospheric Bacillus for their multiple plant growth promoting activity

June 2012

  The present investigation is based on the study of the diversity of Bacillus spp. isolated from tomato rhizosphere and their evaluation as plant growth promoter. A total of twenty eight rhizospheric gram positive rod-shaped bacteria (DPNSB-1 to DPNSB-28) were isolated on nutrient agar and confirmed as Bacillus spp. on the basis of phenotypic characterization. Carbon source utilization...

Author(s): D. Praveen Kumar, Anupama P. D, Rajesh Kumar Singh, R. Thenmozhi, A. Nagasathya, N. Thajuddin and A. Paneerselvam

Productivity index rating of some soils in the Tolon/Kumbungu district of the Northern region of Ghana

June 2012

  Productivity indices (PI) provide a single scale on which soils may be rated according to their suitability for crop production. The study was to assess the productive potentials of selected soil series in the Northern region of Ghana viz, Nyankpala series (NS), Changnayili series (CS) and Kpelesawgu series (KS), to evaluate the current and future suitability of these soils and to suggest possible amendments...

Author(s): Imoro Abukari Ziblim, Daniel Okai-Anti and E. Augustine Asmah

Effect of the soil moisture variation on apparent resistivity profiles and a method of correction

June 2012

  In order to get an apparent resistivity map of quite a large area which required a considerable amount of time (months) and because of the occasional availability of equipment and bad weather conditions causing postponing of certain campaigns, the area was divided into adjacent sub-areas which were mapped in a considerably separated measuring days. Because of the rainfall changes from one campaign to another,...

Author(s): Miloud Chermali, Mohand ou Abdallah Bounif and Amar Boudella

Root and leaf changes in Salix nigra cuttings in response to increasing soil temperature

June 2012

  Salix nigra, black willow, is used for wetland restoration and streambank stabilization and like other wetland species has the ability to develop aerenchyma tissue to avoid root anoxia. Root aerenchyma development could be affected if the temperature of the rhizosphere increases as a result of climatic change. Root porosity (used as an indication of aerenchyma tissue) of S. nigracuttings grown under...

Author(s): D. R. Baud and S. R. Pezeshki

Short term effects of cassava processing waste water on some chemical properties of loamy sand soil in Nigeria

June 2012

  The short term changes in the concentration of some of the major constituents of cassava waste water and their corresponding effects on some of the soil exchangeable cations were studied following surface application of cassava waste water. The leaching experiment with de – ionized water was carried out on soil inside column under conditions of saturated flow. Samples of leachate were taken at 10 cm...

Author(s): Jimmy Akinfemi OSUNBITAN

Assessment of sand encroachment in El-Qutaynah area, Sudan using remote sensing and geographic information system

May 2012

This study focused on the assessment and evaluation of land degradation and desertification in El-Qutaynah area, White Nile State, Sudan. Through monitoring and mapping of the changes that occurred in the land use, land cover (LU/LC) due to drought and sand encroachment in the study area was the main goal of this research. The study covered the period between 1986 to 2006. The research was based on the data and...

Author(s): Wedad Fadol, Mohammed Salih, Elhag A. M. H. and Amna A. Hamid

Digital elevation models obtained by contour lines and SRTM/Topodata, for digital soil mapping

May 2012

In the last decade, the quantitative models for digital mapping of soils have experienced rapid development of new methods, more efficient and economic. One reason is due, mainly, to the increase of auxiliary information of physical environment, especially, the images from remote sensing and terrain attributes derived from digital elevation models. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate the quality of digital elevation...

Author(s): Marina R. Bilich Neumann, Henrique L. Roig and André Luiz F. de Souza  

Evaluation of geotechnical properties and structural strength enhancing road pavement failure along Sylhet-Sunamganj highway, Bangladesh

May 2012

The study looks at the impact of poor soil properties and improper design on highway pavement failure on critical locations along Sylhet-Sunamganj road, Bangladesh. The entire study was conducted in the month of June to July, 2011 which was usually rainy season in Bangladesh. Pavement structural condition was evaluated by Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) test and sub-grade soil properties were obtained by laboratory soil...

Author(s): M. Y. Ahmed, A. H. Nury, F. Islam and M. J. B. Alam

Effect of mining on farming in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State

April 2012

  Excavation involved in mining destroys useful soil for farming activities. Hence, this study was carried out to investigate the effect of mining on farming in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. Random sampling technique was used to select 120 respondents from the area. The result reveals that 54.2% of the respondents identified low crop yield as the major consequence of mining on arable land in...

Author(s):   Michael Adejare Adegboye

Comparative studies of soil characteristics in Shea parklands of Ghana

April 2012

  An assessment of soil physical and chemical properties was carried out in Shea parklands of northern Ghana, selected along a North-south climatic gradient in 2011. The study sites were Paga, Nyankpala and Kawampe, which are located in the transitional and Guinea savannah zones of Ghana. For each site, 9 fallows and 9 cultivated fields were used, a total of 18 plots per site. Soil samples were collected at a...

Author(s):   Abubakari A. H., Nyarko G., Yidana J. A., Mahunu G. K., Abagale F. K., Quainoo A., Chimsah F. and Avornyo V.      

Assessment of soil quality improvement under Teak and Albizia

April 2012

Author(s):   Ziblim Abukari Imoro, Damian Tom-Dery and Kingsley Arnold Kwadwo

Improving the productivity of lowland soils for rice cultivation in Ghana: The role of the ‘Sawah’ system

March 2012

  Lowlands constitute one of the largest and appropriate environments suitable for rice cultivation in  Ghana. However, environmental degradation and declining soil productivity, leading to low crop yields  are major concerns. Some reasons leading to such concerns may be traced to lack of proper  management of our soil resources and possible unsuitable...

Author(s):   Buri M. M., Issaka R. N., Wakatsuki T. and Kawano N.

Drought and happiness in rural Iran

March 2012

  The place of positive emotions such as happiness and its relationship with natural disasters like drought is ambiguous; therefore, the purpose of this research was to explore the impact of drought on happiness in rural Iran using a causal-comparative research design. The findings revealed that drought significantly reduced the happiness of rural people, and variables such as; intensity of drought, perceived...

Author(s):   Marzieh Keshavarz and Ezatollah Karami      

Microbial biofiltration technology for odour abatement: An introductory review

February 2012

  Odour is a serious complaint associated with waste air emissions that creates nuisance due to its malodorous behaviour. Its treatment process ranges from physical, chemical to biological means. A biological treatment system has several advantages over the physical and chemical technologies in being ecofriendly, more efficient with low operational cost and characterized by high flow rates of waste gas with low...

Author(s):   Sonil Nanda, Prakash Kumar Sarangi and Jayanthi Abraham  

Preparing of the soil salinity map using geostatistics method in the Qazvin Plain

February 2012

  In land evaluation, soil salinity is a limiting factor of plant growth in most suitable land systems. In order to prepare map salinity of south Qazvin Plain with sampling topsoil sample of 0 to 30 cm, electrical conductivity (EC), clay and pH of soil samples were measured. Finally, to provide the salinity map of topsoil, the accuracy of the several common methods of interpolation including Kriging, CoKriging,...

Author(s):   M. T. Nezami and Z. T. Alipour      

Response of maize to different organic and inorganic fertilization regimes in monocrop and intercrop systems in a Sub-Saharan Africa Region

February 2012

  Soil fertility decline is a major constraint to crop production in sub-Saharan Africa due to continuous cropping of maize without an adequate fertilization. The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of several fertilization regimes in monocrop and intercrop systems in a Sub-Saharan Africa region. The study was carried out in a savannah region in D.R. Congo at two locations. The...

Author(s):   G.M. Muyayabantu, B. D. Kadiata and K. K. Nkongolo      

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