(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Classification of tropical lowland peats revisited : The case of Sarawak

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

VELOO R. (1) ; PARAMANANTHAN S. (1 2) ; VAN RANST E. (3) ;
(1) Tradewind Plantations Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, MALAISIE
(2) Param Agricultural Soil Survey, Selangor, MALAISIE
(3) Dept. of Geology and Soil Science, Ghent univ., Gent, BELGIQUE


Classification systems based on Keys to Soil Taxonomy and the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) although universal are believed to be more suitable for temperate peats. This study compares these classification systems with the latest Malaysian classification system for classifying and characterising tropical peats. The results showed that the latest Malaysian classification system has an advantage for classifying and characterising tropical peats. This latest classification describes well the presence of decomposed and undecomposed wood, which is a distinct feature of tropical peat. It is highlighted that both the Soil Taxonomy and the WRB classification can possibly be improved to also describe tropical peats by adopting some of the criteria of Malaysian classification


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2014, no118 [pp. 179-185]

Bibliographic references : 24 ref.

Collation : 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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