AS  Vol.4 No.5 B , May 2013
Superabsorbent polymer for water management in forestry
ABSTRACT

The effectiveness of a superabsorbent polymer of sodium polyacrylate was studied, with emphasis on water management, i.e., absorption, retention and desorption in the soil. The polymer was applied in plots with a sandy soil near Grandola (southern Portugal). Characterization of the most relevant physical and chemical properties of the polymer was made, namely, its specific gravity, particle diameter, capacity of water absorption and desorption. In the plots with and without the polymer, soil moisture was continuously monitored, and grassland biomass samples were collected and weighed. The results reflected the effective role of the polymer both in the improvement of the water regime in the soil and in the substantial increment of grassland productivity.


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Casquilho, M. , Rodrigues, A. and Rosa, F. (2013) Superabsorbent polymer for water management in forestry. Agricultural Sciences, 4, 57-60. doi: 10.4236/as.2013.45B011.
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