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Measuring soil salinity


Hardie, M and Doyle, R, Measuring soil salinity, Plant Salt Tolerance: Methods and Protocols, Humana Press, S Shabala and TA Cuin (ed), New York, pp. 415-425. ISBN 978-1-61779-985-3 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-61779-986-0_28


Soil salinity is a form of land degradation in which salts accumulate in the soil profile to an extent that plant growth or infrastructure are negatively affected. A range of both field and laboratory procedures exist for measuring soil salinity. In the field, soil salinity is usually inferred from apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) using a range of devices, depending on the required depth of analysis, or size of the survey area. Field measurements of ECa require calibration to the actual salt content by laboratory analysis. In the laboratory, soil salinity is usually assessed by determining either the total soluble salts by evaporation of a soil water extract (TSS), or by determining the electrical conductivity (EC) of either a 1:5 distilled water:soil dilution, or a saturated paste extract. Although procedures for measuring soil salinity appear relatively straightforward, differences in methodology have considerable influence on measured values and interpretation of results.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:electrical conductivity, electromagnetic induction, soil texture, saturated paste, salt
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural hydrology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hardie, M (Mr Marcus Hardie)
UTAS Author:Doyle, R (Associate Professor Richard Doyle)
ID Code:81205
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-11-27
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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