(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Influence of topographic and edaphic factors on vulnerability to soil degradation due to cattle grazing in humid tropical mountains in northern Honduras

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dep. of Geography, Univ., Málaga, ESPAGNE
(2) Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre, CATIE, Turrialba, COSTA RICA


The use of sloping areas for cattle grazing may lead to significant soil degradation and therefore the AA. examined the influence of the slope gradient on soil degradation in pastures in a humid tropical mountainous area in northern Honduras. Understanding this relationship permits estimates of the physical carrying capacity of the soil, which in turn may help to improve livestock use within the study area. Variables examined included soil bulk density, texture, organic matter content and consistency as well as visual indicators of soil and vegetation degradation. There is a significant positive correlation between the bulk density as a proxy for soil degradation and slope gradient. Furthermore, it was found that when soils are water-saturated grazing leads to severe degradation


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2011, vol. 86, no2 [pp. 130-137]

Bibliographic references : 37 ref.

Collation : 4 fig., 6 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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