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Effects of Management Practices on Soil Properties and Plant Nutrition in Hay Meadows in Picos de Europa

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Agroforestry Engineering Area, Department of Organisms and Systems Biology, Polytechnic School of Mieres, University of Oviedo, 33600 Mieres, Asturias, Spain
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Botanical Area, Department of Organisms and Systems Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Oviedo, 33071 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
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Institute of Natural Resources and Territorial Planning, University of Oviedo, 33600 Mieres, Asturias, Spain
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Plant Production Area, Department of Organisms and Systems Biology, Polytechnic School of Mieres, University of Oviedo, 33600 Mieres, Asturias, Spain
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Received: 24 January 2021 / Revised: 17 April 2021 / Accepted: 23 April 2021 / Published: 25 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soil Nutrient Dynamics and Plant Response)
Fertilization and mowing affects the physico-chemical properties of soils, as well as the characteristics of the plants growing on them. Changes in the management techniques are causing semi-natural grasslands to disappear all over Europe. These grasslands host a great amount of diversity, thus their conservation is a top priority. This work studies whether the kind of management has an influence on the soil properties and the foliar content in macronutrients in 25 hay meadows located in Picos de Europa (10 in Asturias, 10 in Castilla y León and 5 in Cantabria). Soils at a 0–20 cm depth showed a high content of organic matter and a low C/N ratio. Effective cation exchange capacity was adequate for a texture, which varied from sandy clay loam to loam, with an average clay content of 17%. Mean values of foliar nutrient concentrations showed a deficiency in K. In this study, management practices were shown to affect some properties of the soils, namely pH, sand percentage and exchangeable K and Ca, to different extents. The highest values of pH and exchangeable Ca were significantly correlated with the least intensive management. View Full-Text
Keywords: grasses; legumes; meadows management; plant analyses; soil characteristics grasses; legumes; meadows management; plant analyses; soil characteristics
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Álvarez, J.; Afif, E.; Díaz, T.E.; García, L.; Oliveira, J.A. Effects of Management Practices on Soil Properties and Plant Nutrition in Hay Meadows in Picos de Europa. Environments 2021, 8, 38. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8050038

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Álvarez J, Afif E, Díaz TE, García L, Oliveira JA. Effects of Management Practices on Soil Properties and Plant Nutrition in Hay Meadows in Picos de Europa. Environments. 2021; 8(5):38. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8050038

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Álvarez, Judith, Elías Afif, Tomás E. Díaz, Laura García, and Jose A. Oliveira 2021. "Effects of Management Practices on Soil Properties and Plant Nutrition in Hay Meadows in Picos de Europa" Environments 8, no. 5: 38. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8050038

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