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JournalISSN: 0365-0340

Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 

Taylor & Francis
About: Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science is an academic journal published by Taylor & Francis. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Soil water & Fertilizer. It has an ISSN identifier of 0365-0340. Over the lifetime, 3269 publications have been published receiving 33880 citations. The journal is also known as: Archives of agronomy and soil science & Archiv für Acker- und Pflanzenbau und Bodenkunde.


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TL;DR: The present review focuses on the mechanisms of phosphate solubilization, development and mode of fungal inoculants application and mechanisms of growth promotion by phosphate-solubilizing fungi for crop productivity under a wide range of agro-ecosystems.
Abstract: Phosphorus is abundant in soils in both organic and inorganic forms; nevertheless, it is unavailable to plants. Accordingly, soil becomes phosphorus (P)-deficient, making P one of the most important nutrient elements limiting crop productivity. To circumvent the P deficiency, phosphate-solubilizing microorganisms could play an important role in making P available for plants by dissolving insoluble P. The dissolution of inorganic P by microbial communities including fungi is though common under in vitro conditions; the performance of phosphate-solubilizing microbes in situ has been contradictory. Fungi exhibit traits such as mineral solubilization, biological control, and production of secondary metabolites. As such, their potential to enhance plant growth when present in association with the roots is clear. The challenge is how to make use of such biological resources to maintain soil health while increasing the crop productivity by providing P to plants through the application of phosphate-solubilizing f...

466 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the effect of biochar addition on the chemical properties of acidic soil such as soil pH, electrical conductivity (EC), cation exchange capacity (CEC), and exchangeable acidity were investigated to determine the liming potential of biochars.
Abstract: The effect of biochar addition on the chemical properties of acidic soil such as soil pH, electrical conductivity (EC), cation exchange capacity (CEC), and exchangeable acidity were investigated to determine the liming potential of biochars. This study was conducted by incubating acidic soil (clayey, smectitic, acid, mesic, shallow, Aridic Ustorthent) of pH < 4.80 with biochars for 165 days. The biochars were produced from two biomass feedstocks such as corn stover (Zea mays L.) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) using microwave pyrolysis (at 650°C). Corn stover biochar, switchgrass biochar, and lime (calcium carbonate) were applied at four rates (0, 52, 104, and 156 Mg ha−1) to acidic soil. Amendment type, application rate, and their interaction had significant effects (p < 0.05) on soil pH, EC, and CEC of acidic soil. Exchangeable acidity was significantly affected by amendment type. Application of corn stover biochar had shown a relatively larger increase in soil pH than switchgrass biochar at all a...

345 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, a loamy sand soil was amended at different rates (0, 25, 50, 75, and 100% v/v) of biochar, and its physical and hydraulic properties were analyzed, including particle density, bulk density, porosity, infiltration, saturated hydraulic conductivity, and volumetric water content.
Abstract: Biochar is used as a soil amendment for improving soil quality and enhancing carbon sequestration. In this study, a loamy sand soil was amended at different rates (0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% v/v) of biochar, and its physical and hydraulic properties were analyzed, including particle density, bulk density, porosity, infiltration, saturated hydraulic conductivity, and volumetric water content. The wilting rate of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) grown in soil amended with various levels of biochar was evaluated on a scale of 0–10. Statistical analyses were conducted using linear regression. The results showed that bulk density decreased linearly (R2 = 0.997) from 1.325 to 0.363 g cm−3 while the particle density decreased (R2 = 0.915) from 2.65 to 1.60 g cm−3 with increased biochar amendment, with porosity increasing (R2 = 0.994) from 0.500 to 0.773 cm3 cm−3. The mean volumetric water content ranged from 3.90 to 14.00 cm3 cm−3, while the wilting rate of tomato ranged from 4.67 to 9.50, respectively, for the no...

243 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors aim to estimate ratio of area equipped for irrigation to cultivated area (AI) in Africa in 2035 and 2060 using studies of agricultural water management from 1962 to 2011.
Abstract: This paper aims to estimate ratio of area equipped for irrigation to cultivated area (AI) in Africa in 2035 and 2060 using studies of agricultural water management from 1962 to 2011. For this purpose, all necessary information was gathered from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and their values were checked using The World Bank Group (WBG). Among all presented data in the FAO database, 10 indices were selected (due to more importance and more availability for all the regions in Africa). The selected indices were analysed for all seven regions in the study area and the amount of AI was estimated by three different scenarios and using other nine indices. The results show that changes of AI are 0.3% to 49.5% and 16.5% to 83.2% from 2011 to 2035 and 2060, respectively. Indian Ocean Islands has a better potential to increase AI in the future. A considerable note is the change of irrigation status in the future than the current status. In 2011, AI of Sudano-Sahelian is more than AI o...

226 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, a simulation of border irrigation systems using the SIRMOD (surface irrigation simulation, evaluation and design, developed by Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA) software package under open-and closed-end conditions is presented.
Abstract: In many regions in the world, more than 90% of areas equipped for irrigation apply surface methods. The major problem of the surface irrigation system is low performance due to poor design, operation, and maintenance. Use of the mathematical models for simulation of surface irrigation is necessary for reducing costs and decrease of time in analysis of indexes including application efficiency and distribution uniformity. This study aims to simulate border irrigation systems using the SIRMOD (surface irrigation simulation, evaluation and design, developed by Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA) software package under open- and closed-end conditions. For this purpose, 22 sets of data including four no-cultivated open-end borders, nine no-cultivated closed-end borders, and nine cultivated closed-end borders were used. The results showed that the models predicted open-end conditions better than closed-end for recession time. In addition, the hydrodynamic (HD) and the zero inertia (ZI) models estimated volume...

159 citations

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No. of papers from the Journal in previous years
YearPapers
202354
2022129
2021245
2020220
2019149
2018157