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Authors Cai, J. F., X. S. Liu, K. Sun, F. Jiang, M. X. Zhang, H. L. Li and F. H. Yu
Title Vermicompost Application Enhances Halophyte Suaeda salsa Performance and Improves Coastal Saline Soil Quality
Source Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
Language English
Author Keywords Suaeda salsa Vermicompost Flooding Coastal wetland Saline soil yellow-river delta seed-germination growth nitrogen vegetation water fertilizer amendment sediment biochar Plant Sciences Environmental Sciences & Ecology Agriculture
Abstract Vermicompost is a commonly used organic fertilizer that can effectively improve the fertility and structure of saline soil. However, the effect of vermicompost on the growth of halophytes in coastal saline soil, especially under flooding conditions, is obscure. We conducted two greenhouse experiments in which seeds and seedlings, respectively, of the Suaeda salsa were subjected to no flooding, episodic flooding, or continuous flooding, crossed with or without vermicompost addition, in a factorial design. Continuous flooding decreased seed germination and seedling biomass of S. salsa. Under no flooding or episodic flooding, vermicompost addition significantly increased seed germination and seedling growth in S. salsa, but vermicompost addition had no significant effects under continuous flooding. Vermicompost addition increased the stability of soil aggregates and decreased soil electrical conductivity, thereby improving the soil quality. Our results suggest that vermicompost addition could be an effective strategy for enhancing the population growth of S. salsa in saline soil and benefit the restoration of the S. salsa community in the Yellow River Delta, China.
Author Address [Cai, Jing-Fang; Liu, Xuan-Shao; Sun, Kai; Jiang, Fan; Zhang, Ming-Xiang; Li, Hong-Li; Yu, Fei-Hai] Beijing Forestry Univ, Sch Ecol & Nat Conservat, Key Lab Ecol Protect Yellow River Basin Natl Fore, Beijing 100083, Peoples R China. [Yu, Fei-Hai] Taizhou Univ, Inst Wetland Ecol & Clone Ecol, Taizhou 318000, Peoples R China. Li, HL; Yu, FH (corresponding author), Beijing Forestry Univ, Sch Ecol & Nat Conservat, Key Lab Ecol Protect Yellow River Basin Natl Fore, Beijing 100083, Peoples R China.; Yu, FH (corresponding author), Taizhou Univ, Inst Wetland Ecol & Clone Ecol, Taizhou 318000, Peoples R China. lihongli327@163.com; feihaiyu@126.com
ISSN 0718-9508
ISBN 0718-9508
29-Character Source Abbreviation J. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr.
Beginning Page 12
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s42729-021-00650-6
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000710843100006

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