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International Journal of Soil Science
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 71-81
DOI: 10.3923/ijss.2012.71.81
 
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Comparison of Physical, Chemical and Microbial Properties of Soils in a Clear-cut and Adjacent Intact Forest in North Western Himalaya, India

Arshid Jehangir, A.R. Yousuf, Z.A. Reshi, Aasimah Tanveer and Aftab Ahmad

Abstract:
Soil physical, chemical and microbial properties were compared between two paired forest sites (clear-cut vs adjacent intact forest) in coniferous forests of Kashmir Himalaya. Soil samples were drawn at 0.5, 5-10 and 0-10 cm depths at both the sites. The results indicated that the mean values (0-10 cm) of air and soil temperature, moisture content, water holding capacity, organic carbon (OC), exchangeable Calcium (Ca) and potassium (K) were significantly higher while bulk density and exchangeable magnesium (Mg) were significantly lower at clear-cut site than at intact forest site. With respect to depth, pH, conductivity, moisture content, organic carbon and organic matter (OM) were significantly higher while exchangeable sodium (Na) was significantly lower in the surface soil 0-5 cm depth than 5-10 cm depth at both the sites. Bacterial populations did not show any significant difference with respect to depth at both the sites however, fungal populations significantly (p<0.05) increased with depth at clear-cut site from 62.0x103 (0-5 cm) to 111.4x103 CFU g-1 soil (5-10 cm) and decreased at forest site from 157.7x103 (0-5 cm) to 65.6x103 CFU g-1 soil (5-10 cm). The study suggests that clear-cut site had significantly higher nutrient content than the adjacent forest site suggesting that thick herbaceous vegetation and stump roots left at clear-cut site have maintained the fertility of the soil.
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How to cite this article:

Arshid Jehangir, A.R. Yousuf, Z.A. Reshi, Aasimah Tanveer and Aftab Ahmad, 2012. Comparison of Physical, Chemical and Microbial Properties of Soils in a Clear-cut and Adjacent Intact Forest in North Western Himalaya, India. International Journal of Soil Science, 7: 71-81.

DOI: 10.3923/ijss.2012.71.81

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijss.2012.71.81

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