EFFECT OF MANAGEMENT ON TOPSOIL STRUCTURE

Nadia Vignozzi

Abstract


This paper aims to show the effectiveness of different soil management strategies for improving soil structure in degraded areas within two vine farms inTuscany(Italy). The management practices adopted were: Composted organic amendment addition (COMP), Green Manure (GM), Dry mulching (DM) and Control (CONTR). Topsoil samples were taken at the beginning of the trial (2015) and two years later, and analyzed for bulk density (BD) and aggregate stability by wet sieving. The strategies adopted to restore the functionality of degraded vineyard soils diversely affected BD and aggregates stability. In both the farms COMP proved to be the best strategy to reduce BD, while GM and DM gave the best results in terms of aggregate stability increase.


Keywords


aggregate stability; compost; cover crops; soil management; soil structure; viticulture

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.2281-4485/7897

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