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dc.contributorLangan, Simonen_US
dc.contributorNoble, Andrewen_US
dc.contributorJohnston, Robynen_US
dc.creatorMekuria, Woldeen_US
dc.identifier.citationWolde Mekuria, Simon Langan, Andrew Noble, Robyn Johnston. (27/5/2016). Soil Restoration After Seven Years of Exclosure Management in Nortwestern Ethiopia. Land Degradation and Development, -.en_US
dc.description.abstractEcological restoration through exclosure establishment has become an increasingly important approach to reversing degraded ecosystems in rangelands worldwide. The present study was conducted in northwestern Ethiopia where policy programs are aiming to restore degraded lands. Changes in soil properties following establishing exclosures on communal grazing lands were investigated. A space-for-time substitution approach was used to monitor changes in soil properties after conversion of communal grazing lands to exclosures with ages of establishment ranging from 1 to 7 years. Significant differences in soil pH, exchangeable cations, cation exchange capacity, soil moisture content and bulk density were observed within exclosures and between exclosures and communal grazing land. Communal grazing land displayed significantly higher soil total nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium compared with exclosures. Exclosures did not display significantly higher soil organic matter content when compared with the communal grazing land. The results confirm that more than 7 years after the establishment of exclosures is required to detect significant improvements in most of the investigated soil properties. Prohibition of the practice of grass harvesting during the first 3 to 5 years following the establishment of exclosure, and decreasing the amount of grass harvest with exclosure age could support to increase easily decomposable organic inputs to the soil and improve soil properties in relatively short period of time.en_US
dc.sourceLand Degradation and Development;-,(2016)en_US
dc.titleSoil Restoration After Seven Years of Exclosure Management in Nortwestern Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idMekuria, Wolde: 0000-0001-5252-4795en_US
cg.creator.idJohnston, Robyn: 0000-0002-8136-0125en_US
cg.subject.agrovocland useen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsoil healthen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Water Management Institute - IWMIen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionEastern Africaen_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusLimited accessen_US
cg.journalLand Degradation and Developmenten_US

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