African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6574

Full Length Research Paper

The origin of montmorillonite in vertisols from the Southern Serbian Pcinja District

Aleksandar Djordjevic1, Sladjana Golubovic2, Zorica Tomic1, Velimir Aleksic1, Natasa Nikolic1* and Olivera Jovanovic3    
1Faculty of Agriculture, Zemun, Serbia. 2College of Agriculture and Food Technology, Prokuplje, Serbia. 3College of Vocational Studies – Belgrade Polytechnic, Belgrade, Serbia.    
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 January 2012
  •  Published: 26 May 2012


This paper presents research results of the mineral composition of vertisols from Pcinja District in the southern part of the Republic of Serbia. Geological substrates were identified and positioned on the geological map of Serbia, soil profiles (no.1, 4 to 6) were opened and soil samples were taken in order to perform soil analysis. The mineral composition of soil samples was revealed by the X-ray powder diffraction analysis. The results showed that montmorillonite in these vertisols (from Pcinja District) are partially formed by transformation of primary minerals: micas (mica ® illite ® montmorillonite), feldspars (feldspar ® sericite ®illite ® montmorillonite), plagioclases (plagioclase ® sericite ® montmorillonite) and the rest of montmorillonite originate from the parent material.


Key words: Vertisols, mineral composition, montmorillonite.