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Najafi-Ghiri M, Owliaie H R. Effect of Vermicompost and Zeolite Applications on Potassium Transformation in Calcareous Soils of Fars Province. JWSS. 2014; 18 (69) :61-73
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-2863-en.html
Soil Sci., College of Agric. and Natural Res., Shiraz Univ. Darab, Iran , mnajafighiri@yahoo.com
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Although addition of amendment materials to soil is not for changing of soil K status, secondary effects of these materials can be important in K distribution among soluble, exchangeable and non-exchangeable forms. In this research, effect of addition of 2% zeolite, 2% vermicompost and 1% zeolite+ 1% vermicompost on 10 calcareous soils of Fars province belonging to five orders was investigated. The experiments were done as a randomized complete block with three replicates. Samples were incubated at 22±2 °C and 50% of saturated moisture content for 90 days. Then different forms of K were determined in the samples. Zeolite application induced 279 mg kg-1 increase in exchangeable K and 24 mg kg-1 decrease in non-exchangeable K, but it had not a significant effect on soluble K. Although vermicompost application increased soluble and exchangeable K, its effect was more sensible for soluble K (139 mg kg-1). Zeolite+vermicompost application increased all forms of K. Increase in soluble K with vermicompost application may increase risk of K leaching but zeolite application can preserve K in exchangeable phase and inhibit K leaching and fixation.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2015/01/11 | Accepted: 2015/01/11 | Published: 2015/01/11

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