JACEN  Vol.8 No.3 , August 2019
Soil Organic Fractions in Cultivated and Uncultivated Soils of Costal Area in Bangladesh
Abstract: Assessment of soil organic matter fractions can be instrumental in understanding the causes of limited nitrogen supply, and thus soil fertility restoration. A study was conducted in cultivated and uncultivated saline soil, in order to assay soil organic carbon (SOC), its particle-size fractions and their influence on cultivation and soil fertility at Sundarbans costal area in Bangladesh. Soil samples were taken from the 0 - 15 and 15 - 30 cm depths from four cultivated fields and from four nearby sites in a native mangrove forest as references. Soil samples were physically fractionated into sand (2000-50 μm), silt (50-2 μm) and clay (<2 μm). Total SOC and N were analyzed in bulk samples and each size fraction, and the Carbon Management Index (CMI), a widely used indicator of soil quality, was calculated for each field. The CMI in cultivated soils was far below the 100% in reference soils, reaching 38.16%, 25.70%, 32.21% and 34.43% in Field 1, Field 2, Field 3 and Field 4 respectively. SOC and N concentrations decreased in particle size separates in the order clay > silt > sand. The SOC pool and N in the clay-sized fraction were correlated to soil fertility indicators. More N was stored in the silt + clay size fractions, a generally more stable pool, than in the more labile sand-sized pool. The SOC pool in sand size fractions was far below in cultivated soils than in a reference uncultivated soil. Thus, the sand-sized pool emerged as the most likely cause of limited N supply in cultivated soils.
Cite this paper: Sarkar, I. , Khan, M. and Hanif, M. (2019) Soil Organic Fractions in Cultivated and Uncultivated Soils of Costal Area in Bangladesh. Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment, 8, 129-144. doi: 10.4236/jacen.2019.83011.

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