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Environmental services of riparian forest: effect of different riparian widths on trapping sediments of agricultural surrounding areas

Grant number: 15/06804-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 16, 2017
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Soil Science
Principal researcher:Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues
Grantee:Raquel Stucchi Boschi
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/50718-5 - Ecological restoration of riparian forests, native forest of economic production and of degraded forest fragments (in APP and RL) based on restoration ecology of reference ecosystems in order to scientifically test the precepts of the New Brazilian Forest Code, AP.BTA.TEM


The inadequate management of agricultural areas increases pressure on natural resources, elucidating the negative impacts of these activities on the environment. The removal of the original vegetation increases erosion, and the resulting sediments are transported by the rain and deposited in adjacent areas to those of cultivation.The interception of the sediments, before they reach the water bodies, is essential since they carry nutrients and pollutants that cause eutrophication, increased water turbidity and siltation of reservoirs.The riparian forest provides an ecological corridor, protection against erosion and a filter against pollutants and sediments, being recognizes by law as Permanent Preservation Areas (APP) of prohibited suppression and mandatory of protection and recovery. However, due to the disarticulation of agricultural and environmental policies is common to find areas where the APPs were removed or degraded.The obligation of recovery and the extent of APPs, based on water body size, elucidated the lack of accurate scientific data on the influence of the size of the riparian forest in maintaining their ecological functions, particularly with respect to the retention of sediments.Knowing the importance of riparian forests to maintain the quality of water resources and biodiversity, the present work is part of the Thematic Project n° 2013/50718-5 and aims to stimulate the discussions about the ideal width of riparian forests in sediment retention from agricultural systems. (AU)

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BOSCHI, RAQUEL STUCCHI; BOCCA, FELIPE FERREIRA; RIBEIRO CASIMIRO LOPES-ASSAD, MARIA LEONOR; ASSAD, EDUARDO DELGADO. How accurate are pedotransfer functions for bulk density for Brazilian soils?. Scientia Agricola, v. 75, n. 1, p. 70-78, JAN-FEB 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
RAQUEL STUCCHI BOSCHI; FELIPE FERREIRA BOCCA; MARIA LEONOR RIBEIRO CASIMIRO LOPES-ASSAD; EDUARDO DELGADO ASSAD. How accurate are pedotransfer functions for bulk density for Brazilian soils?. Scientia Agricola, v. 75, n. 1, p. -, Jan. 2018.

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