Long-term effects of grass-clover leys on the structure of a silt loam soil in a cold climate

Long-term effects of grass-clover leys on the structure of a silt loam soil in a cold climate •Grass-clover leys increased soil organic carbon content in topsoil but not in subsoil.•Leys also increased the numbers and biomass of topsoil-dwelling earthworm species.•Leys increased topsoil pore volumes <65μm in size, but had no effect on larger pores.•Subsoil structure was platy to massive and was not improved by the grass-clover leys.•This was attributed to poor site drainage and cold climatic conditions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment Elsevier

Long-term effects of grass-clover leys on the structure of a silt loam soil in a cold climate

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0167-8809
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10.1016/j.agee.2017.06.042
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Abstract

•Grass-clover leys increased soil organic carbon content in topsoil but not in subsoil.•Leys also increased the numbers and biomass of topsoil-dwelling earthworm species.•Leys increased topsoil pore volumes <65μm in size, but had no effect on larger pores.•Subsoil structure was platy to massive and was not improved by the grass-clover leys.•This was attributed to poor site drainage and cold climatic conditions.

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Agriculture, Ecosystems & EnvironmentElsevier

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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