Wednesday, 23 January 2013

No-till systems improve soil in Laos (#journal)

No-till and cover crops shift soil microbial abundance and diversity in Laos tropical grasslands

Pascal Lienhard, Florent Tivet, André Chabanne, Samuel Dequiedt and Mélanie Lelièvre, et al.

Agronomy for Sustainable Development

Volume 32
Tested a three year rotation of rice, corn and soybean in a no- till system with a variety of cover crops on newly cultivated land. The no-till systems produced better soil physiochemcial characteristics and more soil microbial activity than were found in either a conventionally tilled system or in non cultivated land. The study recommends no-till systems to improve the physical, chemical, and microbial properties of tropical acid soils to contribute to the sustainability of agriculture in these ecosystems.

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