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Effect of reforestation using Tectona grandis on infiltration and soil water retention

Literature: Journal Articles

Mapa, R. B. 1995. "Effect of reforestation using Tectona grandis on infiltration and soil water retention", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 119-125.


Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Perdeniya, Perdeniya, Sri Lank


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Species Info

  • Tectona grandis (teak)


  • In this study, researchers examined the effect of teak (Tectona grandis) reforestation on the soil infiltration and water retention in Sri Lanka. They compared the reforested site (12 years after planting) with a corn field and an abandoned pasture dominated by Imperica cylindrica grass.  
  • They found that the reforested teak site demonstrated greater rates of soil infiltration, due to the greater quantity of macropores (measured by the lower bulk density) and soil organic matter (6-8% in the reforested site compared to 2-3% in the grassland and cultivated sites). The reforested site also showed greater soil moisture compared to the other sites.
  • Authors conclude that reforestation has the potential to accept and store more water than cultivated sites, thus decreasing surface runoff and restoring hydrological balance.

Geographical Region

  • South Asia
  • Country

  • Sri Lanka
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