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Managing soil health and crop productivity in potato: A challenging test system

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Powell, SM and McPhee, JE and Dean, G and Hinton, S and Sparrow, LA and Wilson, CR and Tegg, RS, Managing soil health and crop productivity in potato: A challenging test system, Soil Research, 58, (8) pp. 697-712. ISSN 1838-675X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/SR20032

Abstract

Maintaining the health, and therefore productivity, of agricultural soils is vital for continued sustainable agricultural production to support the world's growing population. Potatoes are grown in a variety of agro-ecological systems and are one of the most important food crops worldwide. Potato crops are demanding on the soil with significant heavy machinery traffic, intensive tillage operations and high inputs of fertiliser, pesticides and water. Maintaining or improving soil health can therefore be challenging for growers. This review considers the different aspects of soil health in a potato production context, how to measure them and how they can be influenced by management practices. Soil health is a complex concept encompassing the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil and their role in ecosystem services and the growth of plants. Although our understanding of soil health and its impact on crop productivity has improved in the last 30 years, many knowledge gaps remain.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecosystem services, land management, soil health, vegetable production
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Soil sciences
Research Field:Soil biology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Field grown vegetable crops
UTAS Author:Powell, SM (Ms Susan Powell)
UTAS Author:McPhee, JE (Mr John McPhee)
UTAS Author:Dean, G (Mr Geoffrey Dean)
UTAS Author:Hinton, S (Miss Sue Hinton)
UTAS Author:Sparrow, LA (Dr Leigh Sparrow)
UTAS Author:Wilson, CR (Professor Calum Wilson)
UTAS Author:Tegg, RS (Dr Robert Tegg)
ID Code:141445
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2020-10-20
Last Modified:2021-03-18
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