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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Soil Degradation Extent And Dynamics Of Soil Fertility Improvement Technologies In Majete Watershed, North Ethiopia

Soil degradation is among serious environmental hazards of this generation. It is threatening agricultural production and leads to food insecurity. The objective of this study was to assess current soil degradation status and soil fertility enhancement technologies practiced by the land owners. Data were obtained through questionnaires administered to 156 respondents selected randomly from all watershed classification...

Author(s):Kassaye Gurebiyaw Legese

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Adoption of soil conservation practices through knowledge governance: the Mexican experience

Top-down and centralized soil conservation programs have caused low adoption of sustainable practices. The adoption is a multistage and adaptive process that relies on the management of local knowledge. The results of 61 surveys were analyzed in order to systematize experiences of soil knowledge governance involving social organizations and farmers. Soil knowledge governance was done mainly through the sharing of...

Author(s):Helena Cotler, Maria Luisa Cuevas, consultant

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Assessment of Sesquioxides Status of some upland Soils in humid Southwestern Nigeria

Assessment of some sesquioxides in the upland soils in southwestern Nigeria was undertaken with a view to evaluating their degree of weathering under humid tropical conditions. Samples were taken from genetic horizons of eight soil profile pits for laboratory analyses. The samples were analyzed for some physical and chemical properties, using standard procedures. Results indicated that the soils were deep, well-drained and...

Author(s):Julius Olayinka Ojetade, Emmanuel Adeboye Adesemuyi, Sikiru Adekoya Muda, Fawole, Olakunle Ayofe and Alani Adeagbo Amusan

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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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Soil Fertility Improvement Through Indigenous Tree Species In Gummara-Maksegnit Province, North Ethiopia

Soil fertility improvement using artificial fertilizer alone is not commendable for all landowner due to inaccessibility and financial stress. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of indigenous tree for soil fertility improvement in Gummara-maksegnit watershed. Questionnaires were administered to 385 respondents to determine three topmost preferred tree species for soil fertility enhancement....

Author(s):Kassaye Gurebiyaw, Melese Yigzaw, Aboyitu Sisay

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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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Effect of sulphur application and water salinity on Soil and plant Properties

A lysimeter experiment was conducted and filled with calcareous, alluvial and sandy soils to evaluate the impact of using elemental sulfur on the yields and mineral uptake of wheat plant irrigated with diluted sea water recording EC values of 2000, 3000 and 4000 ppm. The rate of sulfur applications was 0, 476 and 952 kg S/ha. Increasing salinity to 4000 ppm gradually and significantly decreased the fresh and dry weights of...

Author(s):AHMED AHMED IBRAHIM MOHAMED, Osman Ahmed Mohamed, Ali Ozories Mohamed

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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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Nitrogen use efficiency of tef [Eragrostic tef (Zucc.) Trotter] as affected by nitrogen fertilizer under chickpea-teff rotation at Tahtay koraro district, north Ethiopia

Study was carried out to evaluate the supplementary nitrogen requirement of tef to enhance nitrogen use efficiency of tef grown under chickpea-tef rotation cropping. On-farm experiment was conducted during the 2015 main cropping season at Tahtay Koraro district of the Tigray regional state, Ethiopia on tef after a preceding chickpea. The experiment was set in a randomized complete block design with three replications....


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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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