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Agroforestry on alkali soils: effect of some management practices on initial growth, biomass accumulation and chemical composition of selected tree species



Agroforestry on alkali soils: effect of some management practices on initial growth, biomass accumulation and chemical composition of selected tree species



Agroforestry Systems 4(3): 221-232



Results are presented from a study begun in 1982 on an aquic natrustalf soil at Karnal, Haryana, India, in which 3 salt tolerant tree species (Eucalyptus tereticornis, Acacia nilotica and Parkinsonia aculeata) were planted on flat natural surfaces without rainwater conservation or on ridges with parallel trenches to store 300 mm of monsoon rainwater. Further management variants included planting with or without forage grass (Diplachne fusca) and planting in shallow (15x60 cm) or deep (15x180 cm) auger holes filled with soil treated with gypsum, FYM, N, and zinc sulphate. After 2 yr, ht. and b.a. were not significantly different with or without rainwater conservation and forage grass, but were significantly superior with deep compared with shallow auger holes. Acacia nilotica was the most tolerant of the adverse alkali soil environment.

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