Changes of pore morphology, infiltration and earthworm community in a loamy soil under different agricultural managements

  • Published source details Lamandé M., Hallaire V., Curmi P., Pérès G. & Cluzeau D. (2003) Changes of pore morphology, infiltration and earthworm community in a loamy soil under different agricultural managements. CATENA, 54, 637-649.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Change tillage practices

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Soil Fertility
  1. Change tillage practices

    A replicated study over a 22 year period on loamy soil in western France (Lamandé et al. 2003) showed that conventional tillage reduces both earthworm abundance (22 individuals/m2) and functional diversity (four species), whereas occasional tillage (4-yr rotation) only reduces earthworm abundance (60 individuals/m2, six species). The study comprised 3 treatments, established in plots 9 × 16 m in size: continuous maize treated with pig slurry for 22 years; the pasture phase of a rye-grass / maize rotation, also treated with pig slurry for 22 years; pasture sown with white clover and rye-grass, maintained for 9 years. Three replicate samples of the earthworm community were sampled from each treatment.


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