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Displacement of phosphorus in structured soils

Djodjic, Faruk (2001). Displacement of phosphorus in structured soils. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Agraria, 1401-6249 ; 283
ISBN 91-576-5826-9
[Doctoral thesis]

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Phosphorus losses from agriculture may enhance eutrophication of fresh water bodies. This thesis focuses on preferential flow as a phosphorus transport pathway. Both lysimeter and field plot observations were conducted to evaluate the significance of preferential flow for P losses and to test management practices to reduce P losses. A decision support system was also developed to identify critical source areas, to diagnose probable causes of P losses and to prescribe appropriate site-specific best management practices. Preferential flow pathways are an important transport mechanism for P displacement from topsoil to drain tiles. Substantial drainage losses (on average 4.0 kg P ha-') of surface-applied P fertilizer, as measured in one of the studies included in this thesis, indicate a very effective vertical transport in structured clay soils. High sorption potential of the subsoil is bypassed because only a small part of the total pore volume is active in watedsolute displacement. Incorporation of P fertilizer and an increased contact between applied fertilizer and sorbing soil particles may significantly decrease P losses via preferential flow. Ponded flow conditions enhance P losses not only by enhancing preferential flow, but also by prolonging loading of P into water laying temporarily on the surface or subsurface. During four years of observations, nine high discharge episodes were responsible for, more than a half of the total loads of suspended soil material and P losses from clay plots, although the water volume discharged during these episodes reached, only one fourth of the total discharge. Different parts of the watershed do not contribute equally to total P loads. Identification of high-risk areas, site-specific diagnosis and abatement efforts should reduce the losses more efficiently. For instance, high-risk areas occupied no more than 5-1 0% of the total watershed area, according to decision support system developed in the study included in this thesis. Research at different scales is necessary for better understanding of the P problem, as well as for an easier practical application of research results. Shifting the scales tests the relevancy of the research and helps the identification of the gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the proble

Authors/Creators:Djodjic, Faruk
Title:Displacement of phosphorus in structured soils
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Agraria
Year of publishing :January 2001
Number of Pages:30
ALLI. Djodjic, F., Bergstrom L., Ulen B. & Shirmohammadi A. 1999. Mode of transport of surface-applied phosphorus-33 through a clay and a sandy soil. Journal of Environmental Quality 28, 1273-1282. II. Djodjic, F., Bergstrom L. 2% Ulen B. Phosphorus losses from a structured clay soil in relation to tillage practices. (Manuscript submitted to Soil Use and Management). III. Djodjic, F., Ulen B. 2% Bergstrom L. 2000. Temporal and spatial variations of phosphorus losses and drainage in a structured clay soil. Water research 34, 1687-1695. IV. Djodjic, F., Montas H., Shirmohammadi A., Bergstrom L. & Ulen B. A decision support system for phosphorus management at a watershed scale. (Manuscript submitted to Journal of Environmental Quality
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-5826-9
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:T Pollution > T01 Pollution
P Natural resources > P33 Soil chemistry and physics
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:eutrophication, layered soils, leaching, phosphorus, pollution by agriculture, soil water movement, sweden, water pollution, layered soils
Keywords:preferential flow, leaching, lysimeters, field plot, watershed, P index, ponded flow conditions
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ID Code:21
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil Sciences (until 081001)
Deposited By: Staff Epsilon
Deposited On:03 May 2002 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:01

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