Impact of Acidification on Soil Organic Carbon and Plant Biomass Production During the Short-Term Pot Experiment


  • Radoslava Kanianska Matej Bel University Banská Bystrica - Faculty of Natural Sciences – Department of Environment, Banská Bystrica
  • Jarmila Makovníková National Agricultural and Food Centre - Soil Science and Conservation Research Institute Bratislava, Regional Station Banská Bystrica
  • Miriam Kizeková National Agricultural and Food Centre - Grassland and Mountain Agriculture Research Institute, Banská Bystrica



acidification, soil organic carbon, organic matter quality, pH


The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of simulated acid load on soil organic carbon and plant biomass production. A short-term pot experiment with spring barley was conducted on 6 different soil types (Chernozem, Fluvisol, Eutric Cambisol, Stagnosol, Dystric Cambisol, Podzol). Two treatments were applied (A: watering with distilled water of pH 5.4; B: watering with acid solution of pH 2.5). Due to the acid watering, a pH decreased in all six soil types. Acid load enhanced aboveground dry matter biomass production at all six soil types. TOC stock increased in both treatments in all soil types with the exception of Eutric Cambisol. Results of humic-fulvic acid ratio showed that acid load caused deterioration of organic matter quality in four soil types and improvement in two soil types. 


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How to Cite

Kanianska, R., Makovníková, J., & Kizeková, M. (2014). Impact of Acidification on Soil Organic Carbon and Plant Biomass Production During the Short-Term Pot Experiment. EQA - International Journal of Environmental Quality, 15(15), 15-24.