Effects of plastic mulches and high tunnel raspberry production systems on soil physicochemical quality indicators
 
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Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Unit of Plants Nutrition, University of Agriculture in Kraków, Al. 29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
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Department of Vegetables and Herb Plants, University of Agriculture in Kraków, Al. 29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
Publication date: 2018-01-24
 
Int. Agrophys. 2018, 32(1): 39–47
 
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In horticulture, degradable materials are desirable alternatives to plastic films. Our aim was to study the impact of soil plastic mulching on the soil properties in the high tunnel and open field production systems of raspberry. The raised beds were mulched with a polypropylene non-woven and two degradable mulches: polypropylene with a photodegradant and non-woven polylactide. The results indicated that the system of raspberry production, as well as the type of mulching had significant impact on soil organic carbon stock, moisture content and water stable aggregate amount. Soils taken from the open field system had a lower bulk density and water stability aggregation index, but higher organic carbon and capillary water content as compared to soils collected from high tunnel conditions. In comparison with the open field system, soil salinity was also found to be higher in high tunnel, as well as with higher P, Mg, Ca, S, Na and B content. Furthermore, mulch covered soils had more organic carbon amount than the bare soils. Soil mulching also enhanced the water capacity expressed as a volume of capillary water content. In addition, mulching improved the soil structure in relation to the bare soil, in particular, in open field conditions. The impact of the compared mulches on soil quality indicators was similar.
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