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Weeds as soil bioindicators: How to sample and use data

Carlesi, Stefano and Barberi, Paolo (2017) Weeds as soil bioindicators: How to sample and use data. Technical Note. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), CH-Frick and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), IT-Pisa.

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Summary

This technical note shows how weed species can be used as indicators of soil conditions that are either linked to soil characteristics (such as soil pH or texture) or to soil management (such as water logging, lack or excess of nutrients, compaction).
It should be stressed that (i) this kind of analysis does not always provide consistent results, because the relationship between weed species and soil conditions is not always clear cut and that (ii) the suggested sampling methodology requires some basic botanical skills for weed identification.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:FertilCrop, FiBL 1008401, CoreOrganic Plus, weed management, weed control, soil qualitiy, bioindicators
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Plus > FertilCrop
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
Italy > Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa
Related Links:http://www.fertilcrop.net/fc-home-news.html
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:31696
Deposited On:12 Jun 2017 11:53
Last Modified:12 Jun 2017 11:53
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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