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Root characteristics of different crops as affected by mechanical resistance in fine sandy soils

Bennie, A.T.P.; Burger, R. du T.

Technical Communication, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Re ic of South Africa 180: 29-32

1983


Accession: 001120805

Pot experiments were conducted to compare the ability of maize, wheat, cotton and groundnut plants to overcome soil compaction restraints. An increase in mechanical resistance of the soil resulted in a decrease in root length or rooting density for all the plants (the decrease in rooting density was calculated relative to a maximum obtained in loose unrestricted soil with a penetrometer resistance of 0.3 to 0.5 MPa).

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