Impacts of land-use intensity on soil organic carbon content, soil structure and water-holding capacity

The impact of land‐use intensity is evaluated through changes in the soil properties in different areas of the traditional central Spanish landscape

M. Acín-Carrera

2013

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  • The impact of land‐use intensity is evaluated through changes in the soil properties in different areas of the traditional central Spanish landscape
  • Soil organic carbon content, bulk density, aggregate stability and water‐holding capacity in the topsoil of active and abandoned vineyards, livestock routes and young Quercus afforested areas were analysed. These different types of land use can be interpreted as having a gradient of progressively less impact on soil functions or conservation
  • SOC content, one of the main indicators for soil conservation, is considered very low in every case analysed, even in the more conservative uses of land. These data can be useful in understanding the slow rate of recovery of soils, even after long‐term cessation of agricultural land use
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