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Phosphorus availability in low phosphorous acidic soils as affected by liming and phosphorous addition

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B. C. Walpola ,

University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, LK
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Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture
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H. U. Shamudika

University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, LK
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Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture
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Abstract

An incubation study was conducted to determine the effect of lime (L) as CaCO3, and phosphorus (P) as triple super phosphate (TSP) on soil pH, available P, organic matter decomposition, inorganic nitrogen content, and calcium (Ca) content of soil. Three rates of lime equivalent to 0, 1 000, 2 000 kg (CaCO3) ha-1 and three rates of TSP equivalent to 0, 50 and 100 mg (P) kg-1 were applied in combination as treatments with three replicates. With the increasing rate of lime, soil pH was significantly (p < 0.001) increased. Both lime and TSP had significant effects (p < 0.001) on P availability at three different soil test P extraction methods. Two thousand kg (CaCO3) ha-1 with 100 mg (P) kg-1gave the highest available P irrespective of extractant used. Bray and Kurtz-1 method extracted the largest amount of P (5.63- 66.69 mg kg-1) while Borax method extracted the smallest amount (3.42 – 42.42 mg kg-1). Despite the varied ammonium nitrogen (NH4+-N) and nitrate nitrogen (NO3 --N) contents, the NH4+-N content decreased and NO3- - N content increased in the all treatments when incubation progressed. With the increasing rate of liming, the decomposition of organic matter and the Ca content also increased.
How to Cite: Walpola, B.C. and Shamudika, H.U., 2017. Phosphorus availability in low phosphorous acidic soils as affected by liming and phosphorous addition. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension, 20(3-4), pp.90–98. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v20i3-4.5394
Published on 30 Dec 2017.
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