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dc.contributorWani, Suhasen_US
dc.contributorSahrawat, Kanwar Lalen_US
dc.creatorPal, Dilip Kumaren_US
dc.identifier.citationDilip Kumar Pal, Suhas Wani, Kanwar Lal Sahrawat. (10/8/2013). Zeolitic soils of the Deccan basalt areas in India: their pedology and edaphology. CURRENT SCIENCE, 105(3), pp. 309-318.en_US
dc.description.abstractZeolites play an important role in modifying the chemis-try, physics and biology of soils. Here we review the status of the pedology and edaphology of the zeolitic soils of the Deccan basalt areas of India. Research has been mainly conducted with clinoptilolite (a potas-sium-rich zeolite). However, some basic research has been conducted on zeolitic (heulandites, calcium-rich zeolites) soils of India developed from the Deccan basalts. The results of such research have added to basic understanding of the pedology of tropical soils; and have enhanced our understanding of edaphology related to the use of zeolitic sodic and non-sodic shrink–swell soils (Vertisols) for cultivating crops with-out causing any degradation in soil properties, but with an improvement in organic carbon status. Res-earch is needed on the specific role of heulandites in the presence of K+ and NH+4 fixing clay minerals in soil environments. Identification of soil zeolites by deter-mining cation exchange capacity and extractable bases is possible when sophisticated instrumental facilities are not available. The need for future research on the pedology and chemistry of zeolitic soils for their sustainable use for agricultural production and envi-ronmental management is emphasized.en_US
dc.publisherIndian Academy of Sciencesen_US
dc.sourceCURRENT SCIENCE;105,(2013) Pagination 309,318en_US
dc.subjectsoil zeolitesen_US
dc.titleZeolitic soils of the Deccan basalt areas in India: their pedology and edaphologyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.agrovoctropical soilsen_US
cg.contributor.centerIndian Council of Agricultural Research, National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning - ICAR- NBSS&LUPen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics - ICRISATen_US
cg.contributor.crpCRP on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.funderNot Applicableen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouthern Asiaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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