Plant and Soil

, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 261–266 | Cite as

Phosphorus status of some ethiopian soils

I. Sorption characteristics
  • Tekalign Mamo
  • I. Haque
Short Communications


The capacity to sorb P varied among some Ethiopian soils. Volcanic ash soils sorbed the maximum P while Fluvisols and Regosols sorbed the least. Sorption of P was significantly correlated with exchangeable and extractable forms of Fe and Al as well as pH and organic matter. But is was not related to the clay content of the soils. The role of Al was more important than that of Fe even though more dithionite and oxalate extractable Fe than Al was found in all soils.

Key words

Ethiopian soils P sorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tekalign Mamo
    • 1
  • I. Haque
    • 1
  1. 1.Soils and Plant Nutrition SectionInternational Livestock Centre for AfricaAddis AbabaEthiopia

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