(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Effect of compost on erodibility of loamy sand under simulated rainfall

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ARTHUR E. (1) ; CORNELIS W.M. (1) ; VERMANG J. (1) ; DE ROCKER E. (2) ;
(1) Dep. of Soil Management, Univ., Ghent, BELGIQUE
(2) Provincial Vegetable Research Station, Kruishoutem, BELGIQUE


Three types of composts [vegetable, fruit and yard waste compost (VFYW), garden waste compost (GW), and spent mushroom compost (SM)] were applied for 10 years to loamy sand, to determine its effect on the aggregate stability and susceptibility to water erosion. Aggregate stability was measured using the stability index derived from the wet sieving method while a laboratory rainfall simulator was used to measure runoff, sheet and splash erosion. Only GW recorded a significant increase in aggregate stability. Runoff, sheet erosion, and splash erosion did not show significant improvement for any of the compost types. SM application resulted in a significant increase in the shear strength of the soil after rainfall. Long term compost application does not appreciably improve the resistance of loamy sand to water erosion


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2011, vol. 85, no1 [pp. 67-72]

Bibliographic references : 25 ref.

Collation : 6 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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