Effects of Different Grassland Management Patterns on Soil Properties on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

  • Jianjun CaoEmail author
  • Xueyun Xu
  • Shurong Yang
  • Mengtian Li
  • Yifan Gong


Change in grassland management pattern has an important effect on ecological function of grassland. Two grassland management patterns were developed after grassland contacted to individual households on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, namely multi-household management pattern (MMP) without fences among households, and single-household management (SMP) with fences between adjacent households. Two representative counties (Maqu and Nagchu) of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau were selected to compare variation in soil properties between MMP and SMP, and pH, SOC, STN, and STP were selected as indictors of soil properties. The results showed that in Maqu SOC, STN, and STP were all significantly greater under MMP compared to SMP, in Nagchu, their values were also significantly different between them. All of these suggested that MMP without fences among households is of better soil condition than SMP with fences on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.


The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Grassland contact policy Grassland management Soil properties Carbon losses 


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  • Jianjun Cao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xueyun Xu
    • 1
  • Shurong Yang
    • 1
  • Mengtian Li
    • 1
  • Yifan Gong
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Geography and Environmental ScienceNorthwest Normal UniversityLanzhouChina

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