International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 7, Part K (2016)
Some physico-chemical properties of Oak and Pine FYM based crop field soils: A study from mountain watershed, Kumaun Himalaya
Bharat Giri Gosain
The present study deals with the comparative study of leaf litter of major plant species used to prepare bio-fertilizers for improving the crop field soil quality, soil C-stock as well as physico-chemical properties in Oak (Quercus leucotrichophora A. Camus) and Pine (Pinus roxburghii Sargent) dominated forests between 1250 to 2300m elevation in Sitlakhet of Kumaun Himalaya. The main purpose of this study was documentation of those plant species, which were frequently used by inhabitants in preparation of conventional bio-fertilizer (manure). In view of environmental conservation and the health care system use of conventional bio-fertilizer to enhance soil fertility, organic farming and reduce chemical fertilizers. A total of 16 major plant species were reported in present investigation, which has been used as leaf litter for the preparation of bio-fertilizers (manure). In Oak dominated forest maximum used plant species are Quercus leucotrichophora, Rhododendron arboreum and Lyonia ovalifolia for the preparation of manure due to their availability through the year while, needles of Pinus roxburghii was highly used in Pine dominated forest. The Physico - chemical study revealed that Oak farmyard manure (FYM) based crop fields oil organic C-stock was computed up to 30 cm depth is 96.4 t/ha and 75.8 t/ha in Pine FYM based crop fields soil.
How to cite this article:
Bharat Giri Gosain. Some physico-chemical properties of Oak and Pine FYM based crop field soils: A study from mountain watershed, Kumaun Himalaya. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(7):713-718.