Organic matter in size fractions of soils of the semiarid Argentina. Effects of climate, soil texture and management

Authors
Hevia, Graciela Gloria; Buschiazzo, Daniel Eduardo; Hepper, Estela Noemí; Ana María, Urioste; Antón, E. L.
Publication Year
2003
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Soil organic matter contents (SOM) of soils of the Semiarid Pampas of Argentina (SAP), mostly Entic Haplustolls, increase with the amount of silt+clay, but it is still not known how soil texture affects its qualitative composition in interaction with climatic and management conditions. Because of that the organic matter content of the following aggregate size fractions were determined: <2000 μm (SOM), 100-2000 μm (YOM), <100 μm (HOM), water floatable organic matter (FOM), and the E4/E6 quotient. These fractions were studied in the 20-cm topsoils of seven REFERENCE (virgin Caldenal savanna-like soils), and 10 CULTIVATED soils (under continuous conventional tillage since more than 50 years). Results showed that SOM of both REFERENCE and CULTIVATED soils was mainly composed by YOM (57%), and to a lesser extent by HOM (37%) and FOM (5%). Silt+clay conditioned positively the contents of SOM, YOM and HOM of both REFERENCE (R2=0.18, R2=0.21, R 2=0.21, respectively, n=21, p<0.05) and CULTIVATED soils (R 2=0.62, R2=0.44, R2=0.52, respectively, n=30, p<0.001). The positive relationship existing between silt+clay and both SOM and YOM seems to be not longer valid in sites with mean annual temperatures (MAT) higher than 17°C. YOM and HOM accumulation were positively affected by precipitation and negatively by temperature in combination with silt+clay. This effect was more pronounced for HOM. The slopes of the regressions between SOM, HOM and YOM with silt+clay were more pronounced for REFERENCE soils than for CULTIVATED soils, indicating the largest absolute losses of these organic matter fractions in fine- rather than in coarse-textured soils. E4/E6 quotients were lower than 5 in all studied soils indicating that humic rather than fulvic acids exist in the well humified organic fraction of the studied soils. Contents of FOM and E4/E6 values did not correlated with the climatic conditions nor with soil texture or management. Potential SOM losses can be larger in fine-textured soils (up to 54.3 Mg C ha-1) than in coarse-textured (up to 35.7 Mg C ha-1). Probable changes of soil texture by wind erosion will modify absolute contents of SOM, YOM and HOM, while modifications of temperature or rains regimes will affect HOM more.
Fil: Hevia, Graciela Gloria. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa. Facultad de Agronomía; Argentina
Fil: Buschiazzo, Daniel Eduardo. Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria. Centro Regional La Pampa-San Luis. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Anguil; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra y Ambientales de La Pampa. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra y Ambientales de La Pampa; Argentina
Fil: Hepper, Estela Noemí. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa. Facultad de Agronomía; Argentina
Fil: Ana María, Urioste. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa. Facultad de Agronomía; Argentina
Fil: Antón, E. L.. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa. Facultad de Agronomía; Argentina
Subject
CLIMATE
CULTIVATION
ORGANIC MATTER
SEMIARID REGIONS
SIZE FRACTIONS
SOIL TEXTURE
Ciencias del Suelo
Agricultura, Silvicultura y Pesca
CIENCIAS AGRÍCOLAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/81755