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Phosphorus availability and dynamics in soil affected by long-term ruzigrass cover crop

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Almeida, Danilo S. [1] ; Menezes-Blackburn, Daniel [2, 3] ; Zhang, Hao [2] ; Haygarth, Philip M. [2] ; Rosolem, Ciro A. [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ, Coll Agr Sci, Dept Crop Sci, BR-18610307 Botucatu, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Lancaster, Lancaster Environm Ctr, Lancaster LA1 4YQ - England
[3] Sultan Qaboos Univ, Water & Agr Engn, Coll Agr & Marine Sci, Dept Soils, POB 34, Al Khoud 123 - Oman
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Geoderma; v. 337, p. 434-443, MAR 1 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

The use of grasses as cover crops in the off-season of cash crops under no-till has been largely adopted. However, soil phosphorus (P) uptake was previously shown to be reduced when ruzigrass is introduced in the rotation, affecting the viability and sustainability of this cropping system. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of ruzigrass on soil P availability and desorption kinetics under different P fertilizer application rates. A long-term field experiment where soybean (Glycine max) has been grown in rotation with ruzigrass (Urochloa ruziziensis) or fallow for 10 years, with the application of 0, 13, and 26 kg ha(-1) of P, was evaluated for two consecutive years. Soil P desorption kinetics was assessed using diffusive equilibrium (DET) and gradient in thin films (DGT) techniques, as well as the DGT-induced fluxes in soils model (DIFS). Microbial biomass P (MBP) was assessed to verify if soil solution P (P-DET) was reduced due to immobilization by microorganisms. Ruzigrass reduced MBP and POET especially when P fertilizer was applied. The concentration of labile P (P-DGT) was also lower after ruzigrass than in fallow. The soil ability to resupply P to soil solution was lower after ruzigrass regardless of P rates due to a slower desorption in response to the perturbation imposed by DGT. Growing ruzigrass as cover crop in the soybean off-season decreases soil P availability regardless of P fertilizer application rates by fundamentally reducing P mobility and P resupply from soil solid phase into soil solution. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/04200-0 - Phosphorus conservation in cropping systems
Grantee:Ciro Antonio Rosolem
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/23707-5 - Availability of phosphorus and soybean yield in crop rotation with Congo grass
Grantee:Danilo Silva Almeida
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate