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Soil Responses to restoration of a tropical pasture in Veracruz, South-Eastern Mexico.

Literature: Journal Articles

Tobon, W., Martinez-Garza, C., & Campo, J. 2011, "Soil Responses to restoration of a tropical pasture in Veracruz, South-Eastern Mexico". Journal of Tropical Forest Science, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 338-344.

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  • Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, AP 70-275, Mexico D]F 04510, Mexico
  • Centro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Conservación, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos 62209, Mexico


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  • This study evaluates the litter and soil nutrients in areas undergoing restoration from abandoned pasture to forest in southeastern Mexico.
  • The nutrients were measured at three different slope positions in four types of plots: fenced plots for cattle exclusion; fenced plots where 24 native tree species were planted; active pasture with cattle; nearby mature tropical rainforest.
  • Forest had been cleared from the pasture lands over thirty years prior to this study.
  • Litter mass, nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) concentrations were calculated along with soil organic carbon (SOC), N, nitrate, ammonium, and P.
  • The exclusion of cattle increased litter accumulation by three times that of the active pasture, meanwhile, soil organic carbon did not differ among the pasture treatments.
  • Litter phosphorous had a significantly higher value in the cattle excluded plots than the active pasture; however, the P in the three pasture plots were much lower than the P in the mature forest.
  • There were no significant differences found between the planted and non-planted cattle exclusion plots with respect to the soil and litter nutrients.
  • The authors express that their data upholds the idea that abandoned pasturelands are limiting in phosphorous, and that cattle exclusion can slowly help in the recovery.

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