(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Soil quality degradation processes along a deforestation chronosequence in the Ziwuling area, China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

AN S. (1 2) ; ZHENG F. (1 2) ; ZHANG F. (1 2) ; VAN PELT S. (3) ; HAMER U. (4) ; MAKESCHIN F. (4) ;
(1) State Key Lab. of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on Loess Plateau, Northwest Univ. Shaanxi, Yangling, CHINE
(2) Inst. of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Science and Ministry of Water Resources, Shaanxi, Yangling, CHINE
(3) USDA-ARS Cropping Systems Research Lab., Wind Erosion and Water Conservation Research Unit, Texas, Big Spring, ETATS-UNIS
(4) Inst. of Soil Science and Site Ecology, Univ. of Technology, Dresden, ALLEMAGNE


The AA. studied the physical, chemical, and microbiological processes of soil degradation along a chronosequence of deforestation in the Ziwuling area of northwestern Shaanxi province. The results indicated that soil wet aggregate stability and mean aggregate diameter decreased with years following deforestation. Accelerated erosion resulted in soil nutrient loss, and a decease in soil enzyme activities including notable losses of total soil N, organic C, alkaline phosphatase activity, and invertase activity. The differences in measured parameters between the topsoil and subsoil horizons decreased with time since deforestation, and the AA. concluded that soil erosion was the primary process responsible for the degradation of measured soil physical, chemical, and microbiological properties


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 75, no3 [pp. 248-256]

Bibliographic references : 36 ref.

Collation : 3 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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