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Survey of soil carbon and nutrient services in Australian apple orchards


Gentile, R and Robertson, C and Mason, K and Sivakumaran, S and van den Dijssel, C and Hardie, M and Clothier, B, Survey of soil carbon and nutrient services in Australian apple orchards, 26th Annual FLRC Workshop: Occasional Report No. 26, February, Massey University, New Zealand, pp. 1-5. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Australian apple and pear industry is the third largest horticultural industry in Australia. To quantify the sustainability of orchard management, a better understanding of soil carbon, nutrient availability and soil health in Australian apple orchards is required. In these duplex soils, ridging is a common practice in orchards, where topsoil is transferred from the alley and mounded in the tree row to increase rooting depth and maintain aeration. Thus, a soil sampling protocol was established that accounted for the spatially complex system of an orchard by sampling in the tree row, wheel tracks and the grassed alley, to determine if this practice leads to a stratified distribution of soil carbon stocks or health measurements. Our objective was to conduct a survey of Australian apple orchard soils to establish the soilís carbon status and determine the relationships between soil carbon and soil health parameters.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:soil carbon, apple
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Soil sciences
Research Field:Land capability and soil productivity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hardie, M (Mr Marcus Hardie)
ID Code:100787
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2015-05-28
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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