Benefits of treating a sandy soil with a cross-linked type polyacrylamide
Sivapalan, Siva (2006) Benefits of treating a sandy soil with a cross-linked type polyacrylamide. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 46(4), pp. 579-584.
The productivity of sandy soils is mostly limited by their low water holding capacity and excessive deep percolation losses, which reduce the efficiency of water and fertiliser use, by plants. The effect of a cross-linked type polyacrylamide, ALCOSORB 400, on water holding capacity of a sandy soil, Siliceous Sands, was studied under the laboratory and glasshouse conditions. Water holding capacity of the soil exposed to 0.01 MPa pressure increased by 23 and 95% by adding 0.03 and 0.07% of polyacrylamide to the soil, respectively. This indicated that the soil treated with polyacrylamide was able to store more water compared with untreated soil, thereby reducing the potential losses due to deep percolation in sandy soils. However, the soil treated with polyacrylamide did not significantly increase the quantity of water released from the soil by increasing the pressure from 0.01 to 1.5 MPa. The results from the first glasshouse experiment demonstrated that the excess amount of water stored in the soil by polyacrylamide was available to plants and resulted in their higher water use and grain production. Consequently, there were 12 and 18 times increase in water use efficiency of soybean plants grown in soils treated with 0.03 and 0.07% polyacrylamide, respectively. The results from the second glasshouse experiment demonstrated that the increasing amounts of polyacrylamides in a sandy soil can extend the irrigation interval without any adverse effect on the grain yield of soybeans.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||soil water holding capacity, plant water use efficiency, irrigation interval|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > SOIL SCIENCES (050300) > Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified (050399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION (070300) > Agronomy (070302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > SOIL SCIENCES (050300) > Soil Physics (050305)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright CSIRO|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||23 Nov 2005 00:00|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:28|
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