(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Effects of topsoil removal as a nature management technique on soil functions

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GEISSEN V. (1 2) ; WANG S. (1) ; OOSTINDIE K. (1) ; HUERTA E. (3) ; ZWART K.B. (1) ; SMIT A. (1) ; RITSEMA C.J. (1) ; MOORE D. (1) ;
(1) Alterra, Univ. and Research Centre, Wageningen, PAYS-BAS
(2) LAD Group, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS
(3) Soil Biology Group, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS


Sandy soils under original heathland vegetation were compared with sites that were transformed to farmland in 1950 and sites where after the transformation topsoil removal took place in the 1990s. All soils were sandy and acidic. It is showed that the C storage and the buffer function of the soils have drastically decreased. The N and P storages in the soils where topsoil was removed have also greatly reduced. In the topsoil removed soils no re-colonization of earthworms had occurred and microbial activity has significantly reduced. These changes in soil properties negatively influenced several soil functions which are relevant in nature and environmental protection, e.g. C-storage, filtering and buffering. The AA. therefore conclude that removal of topsoil cannot be recommended as a nature management technique due to its negative effects on soil quality


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 101 [pp. 50-55]

Bibliographic references : 24 ref.

Collation : 6 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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