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The influence of sheep pasturing on the humus condition of light chestnut soils of the Tersko-Kumskaya Depression

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In light loamy soils and loamy sands of light chestnut associations, pasturing digression leads to an intensive decrease in the humus content to 0.4–0.7%. In the first three years of digression, the humus content decreases by 20% of its total amount, while the humic acids : fulvic acids : insoluble residue ratio remains the same. Pasture load, independently of its intensity, leads to a leveling of the total humus content and its fractions and to a certain uniformity in it. Preservation of residual humus content can promote the restoration of soils after the cessation of pasturing.

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Original Russian Text © M.E. Kotenko, 2011, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 2(47), pp. 62–66.

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Kotenko, M.E. The influence of sheep pasturing on the humus condition of light chestnut soils of the Tersko-Kumskaya Depression. Arid Ecosyst 1, 115–118 (2011).

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