SOIL NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY DURING RECLAMATION OF SALT-AFFECTED SOILS
AuthorTavassoli, Abolghasem, 1940-
AdvisorStroehlein, Jack L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractReclamation of four salt-affected soils collected from southern Arizona was studied in the greenhouse and laboratory. Two rates of four amendments (sulphuric acid, gypsum, ammonium polysulphide, and ammonium thiosulphate) were applied in triplicate. Results were evaluated in terms of changes in nutrient availability, ions removed by leaching, plant growth, and infiltration rates. In most cases the high rates of sulphuric acid and gypsum increased the solubility of the major cations (Na, K, Ca, and Mg) in the soil. If the required amount of leaching water were applied to the soil, a significant amount of these cations, especially Na, was leached from the soil. For the Gothard soil (saline-sodic) two pore volumes were sufficient to accomplish leaching, but were insuffcient for the Guest (nonsaline-slightly sodic) and Gilman (highly saline-sodic) soils. High rates of sulphuric acid and gypsum decreased the pH and increased the EC for all soils, although the EC was not significant at the 5% level for the Mohall (nonsaline-nonsodic, calcareous) soil. All treatments decreased the pH of the Gothard soil significantly; however, the greatest increase in EC and least pH were obtained from acid application. Regarding changes in phosphorus (P), all treatments increased the amount of soluble P in the leachates from the Gothard and Guest soils; whereas available soil P increased significantly only with the acid treatments. None of the treatments affected the amount of P in the Gilman soil leachates, but acid and gypsum increased the available soil P. Ammonium polysulphide and ammonium thiosulphate tended to increase available P but the increase was not significant at the 5% level. None of the treatments affected the P parameters for the Mohall soil. Sulphuric acid increased growth and P uptake of alfalfa plants on all soils except the Mohall. Gypsum and ammonium polysulphide increased P uptake on the Gothard and Guest soils whereas ammonium thiosulphate increased P uptake only for the Guest soil. Sulphuric acid and gypsum increased the infiltration rates for all four soils. Thiosulphate produced intermediate infiltration rates while the lowest rates were found with ammonium polysulphide and the untreated soils. Although amendment rates were based on equivalent amounts of sulphur and their effectiveness in supplying soluble calcium, and the exchangeable sodium status of each soil, results varied according to such factors as rate of oxidation of the amendment, lime content of the soil, soluble salts present in the soil, and soil texture.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Soils, Water and Engineering