The effect of vegetation covers on the physical properties of a red latosol

Eloi Nappo Mauro, Sergio Pereira Reginaldo, Pereira Miguel Eder, de Oliveira Gaspar Ricardo, Aparecido Trondoli Matricardi Eraldo, Angelo Humberto, Serpa de Meira Junior Milton, Teixeira do Vale Ailton, Soares Martins Ildeu
2017 African Journal of Agricultural Research  
In this study, the physical properties of a red latosol were assessed under Cerrado (a Savannah like vegetation type) and under of Eucalyptus grandis cultivation. Two contiguous sites of 14 ha each showing similar original vegetation cover, slope, topographic position, soil type, and sun exposure (aspect) were selected. Systematically, 20 sampling points were distributed in each site, from which soil deformed samples were collected to determine soil texture and non-deformed soil samples were
more » ... oil samples were collected to determine apparent density, volumetric soil moisture, and penetration resistance. Based on this study's results, it was observed that by changing land cover of Cerrado vegetation to cultivation, E. grandis provided no significant changes, Scott-Knott test (α = 0.05) of soil penetration resistance, density, and volumetric moisture of the red latosol.
doi:10.5897/ajar2017.12694 fatcat:4w6nbq4boreajjb2dhlurrvnvq