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Najafi-Ghiri M, Boostani H, Mahmoodi A R, Dehghanpoor F, Besh M. Soil Fertility Status of Astragalus Fasciculifolius Canopy as Affected by Road Traffic. jwss 2020; 23 (4) :215-225
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-3838-en.html
1. Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Darab, Shiraz University, Darab, Iran , hamidboostani@yahoo.com
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Astragalus fasciculifolius is one of the most distributed plant species in the arid and semiarid regions of southern Iran. It may be well grown on roadside. This investigation was carried out to study the effect of road and its traffic intensity on the soil physicochemical properties and plant nutrients availability of roadside and to monitor the concentration of nutrients in the aerial parts of Astragalus fasciculifolius. Thirty soil and plant samples from roadside and 100 m distance from road were randomly collected and some physicochemical soil properties and nutrients availability were determined. Concentrations of the nutrients in the aerial parts of the plants were also determined. The results indicated that roadside soils had more sand and calcium carbonate equivalent than the adjacent lands. Soils of the main roadside had less K and more Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu than the adjacent lands; this difference in local road was observed only for Fe and Cu. Nutrients concentration in the aerial parts of the plants was affected by road, and P, K, Mn and Zn showed significant increases in the roadside plants. Concentrations of P, Fe, Zn and Cu in plants grown in main roadside and concentrations of Fe and Zn in plants grown in the local roadside were correlated with their contents in the soils. The effect of roads on soil properties change and nutrients availability may be related to the addition of road bed and emission of vehicles. Generally, it could be concluded that roadside soils had more suitable water and nutrition conditions for the growth of Astragalus fasciculifolius, as compared to the soils of the adjacent lands.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2019/01/20 | Accepted: 2019/05/13 | Published: 2020/02/29

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