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Characterization of some typical soils of the miombo woodland ecosystem of Kitonga Forest Reserve, Iringa, Tanzania: physico-chemical properties and classification

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dc.contributor.author Shelukindo, Hassan Bashiru
dc.contributor.author Msanya, B. M
dc.contributor.author Semu, Ernest
dc.contributor.author Mwango, Sibaway Bakari
dc.contributor.author Singh, Bal Ram
dc.contributor.author Munishi, Pantaleo
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-05T12:00:14Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-05T12:00:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-20
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1080
dc.description.abstract Despite the fact that miombo woodland soils have significant implications in global climate change processes, few studies have been done to characterize and classify the soils of the miombo woodland ecosystem of Tanzania. The current study was carried out to map and classify soils of Kitonga Forest Reserve, which is a typical miombo woodland ecosystem, in order to generate relevant information for their use and management. A representative study area of 52 km 2 was selected and mapped at a scale of 1:50,000 on the basis of relief. Ten representative soil profiles were excavated and described using standard methods. Soil samples were taken from genetic soil horizons and analyzed in the laboratory for physico-chemical characteristics using standard methods. Using field and laboratory analytical data, the soils were classified according to the FAO-World Reference Base (FAO-WRB) for Soil Resources system as Cambisols, Leptosols and Fluvisols. In the USDA-NRCS Soil Taxonomy system the soils were classified as Inceptisols and Entisols. Topographical features played an important role in soil formation. The different soil types differed in physico-chemical properties, hence exhibit differences in their potentials, constraints and need specific management strategies. Texture varied from sandy to different loams; pH from 5.1 to 5.9; organic carbon from 0.9 g/kg to 20 g/kg; and CEC from 3 cmol/(+)kg to 24 cmol/(+)kg. Sustainable management of miombo woodlands ecosystem soils requires reduced deforestation and reduced land degradation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology en_US
dc.subject Miombo woodlands en_US
dc.subject soil properties en_US
dc.subject soil classification en_US
dc.subject Kitonga Forest Reserve en_US
dc.subject Iringa en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Characterization of some typical soils of the miombo woodland ecosystem of Kitonga Forest Reserve, Iringa, Tanzania: physico-chemical properties and classification en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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