Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp 499–514 | Cite as

Agrogenic evolution of automorphic chernozems in the forest-steppe zone (Belgorod oblast)

  • Yu. G. ChendevEmail author
  • O. S. Khokhlova
  • A. L. Alexandrovskiy
Genesis and Geography of Soils


Agrochronosequences of chernozems with different periods of their use in rainfed farming with application of traditional technologies have been studied in a typical forest-steppe area in Belgorod oblast. Certain stages in the development of these soils during more than two centuries of their agricultural use have been identified. These stages are related to changes in the intensity and direction of soil forming processes, such as soil compaction, soil aggregation, dehumification of the upper horizons, calcification of the soil profiles, argillization, etc. A significant impact on the soil changes during the agrogenic evolution of chernozems is exerted by the digging activity of burrowers, which is especially pronounced in the old-arable chernozems.


chernozems soil agrochronosequences tillage forest-steppe stadial specificity of the agrogenic evolution multiple study methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. G. Chendev
    • 1
    Email author
  • O. S. Khokhlova
    • 2
  • A. L. Alexandrovskiy
    • 3
  1. 1.Belgorod National Research UniversityBelgorodRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil ScienceRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow oblastRussia
  3. 3.Institute of GeographyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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