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Reduction of Soil-Borne Plant Pathogens Using Lime and Ammonia Evolved from Broiler Litter

Fine, P.; Roded, L.; Cohen, S.; Shapira, N.; Adler, U.; Or, N.; Ben-Yephet, Y.; Reuven, M. and Oka, Y. (2007) Reduction of Soil-Borne Plant Pathogens Using Lime and Ammonia Evolved from Broiler Litter. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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In laboratory and micro-plots simulations and in a commercial greenhouse, soil ammonia (NH3) and pH were manipulated as means to control soil-borne fungal pathogens and nematodes. Soil ammonification capacity was increased by applying low C/N ratio broiler litter at 1–8% (w/w). Soil pH was increased using lime at 0.5–1% (w/w). This reduced fungi (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. dianthi and Sclerotium rolfsii) and root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne javanica) in lab tests below detection. In a commercial greenhouse, broiler litter (25 Mg ha−1) and lime (12.5 Mg ha−1) addition to soil in combination with solarization significantly reduced M. javanica induced root galling of tomato test plants from 47% in the control plots (solarization only) to 7% in treated plots. Root galling index of pepper plants, measured 178 days after planting in the treated and control plots, were 0.8 and 1.5, respectively, which was statistically significantly different. However, the numbers of nematode juveniles in the root zone soil counted 83 and 127 days after pepper planting were not significantly different between treatments. Pepper fruit yield was not different between treatments. Soil disinfection and curing was completed within one month, and by the time of bell-pepper planting the pH and ammonia values were normal.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Bell-pepper, Greenhouse, Soil pH, Solarization
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 3 Crop production / soil management
Deposited By: Fine, Dr. Pinchas
ID Code:9803
Deposited On:07 Mar 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information: The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.http://orgprints.org/10417/
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