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Effects of different silvicultural practices and the introduction of earthworms on soil structure in hardwood plantations






Canadian Journal of Soil Science 69(3): 705-710

Effects of different silvicultural practices and the introduction of earthworms on soil structure in hardwood plantations

Impacts of silvicultural practices on soil structure were evaluated in hardwood plantations. On two different sites, four treatments (mechanical weed control, herbicide weed control, seeding of nitrogen-fixing companion species and a control) were undertaken, with and without earthworm introduction, according to a complete randomized block design. Treatments had significant effects on the water stability of soil aggregates, macroporosity and bulk density. Earthworm introduction significantly increased macroporosity in control plots while decreasing it in the three other treatments.

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