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Title

Reclamation of a burned forest soil with municipal waste compost: macronutrient dynamic and improved vegetation cover recovery

AuthorsGuerrero Maestre, César; Gómez, I.; Moral, Raul; Mataix-Solera, Jorge; Mataix-Beneyto, Jorge; Hernández Fernández, María Teresa
KeywordsForest fire
Municipal solid waste compost
Macronutrients
Organic matter
Soil restoration
Vegetation cover
Issue DateFeb-2001
PublisherElsevier
CitationBioresource Technology 76(3): 221-227 (2001)
AbstractThe reclamation of burned soils in Mediterranean environments is of paramount importance in order to increase the levels of soil protection and minimise erosion and soil loss. The changes produced in the content of total organic carbon (TOC), N (Kjeldahl) and available P, K, Ca and Mg by the addition of different doses of a municipal solid waste compost to a burned soil were evaluated during one year. The effect of organic amendment on the improvement in the vegetation cover after one year was also evaluated. The organic amendment, particularly at a high dose, increased the TOC and N-Kjeldahl content of the soil in a closely related way. The levels of available K in soil were also enhanced by the organic amendment. Although the effects on all three parameters tended to decrease with time, their values in the amended soils were higher than in the control soil, which clearly indicates the improvement in the chemical quality of the soil brought about by the organic amendment. The available P content did not seem to be influenced by organic treatment, while available Mg levels were higher than in the control during the first 4 months following organic amendment. The application of compost to the burned soil improved its fertility and favoured rapid vegetal recovery, thus minimising the risk of soil erosion.
Description7 pages, 3 tables, 6 figures.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0960-8524(00)00125-5
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/16157
DOI10.1016/S0960-8524(00)00125-5
ISSN0960-8524
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