Cattle trampling alters soil properties and changes soil microbial communities in a Swiss sub-alpine pasture

@inproceedings{Hiltbrunner2012CattleTA,
  title={Cattle trampling alters soil properties and changes soil microbial communities in a Swiss sub-alpine pasture},
  author={David Hiltbrunner and Sebastian Schulze and Frank Hagedorn and Michael W. I. Schmidt and Stephan Zimmmermann},
  year={2012}
}
Abstract Stock farming plays an important role in the agriculture of alpine regions although deleterious effects on the soils are most pronounced here. We investigated the effects of cattle trampling on soil physical, chemical and microbial properties in a Swiss sub-alpine pasture. About 10% of the study site was bare of vegetation as a result of repeated cattle trampling and the bulk density of these bare steps was 20% higher than of the soils unaffected by trampling. In the upper 25 cm, soil… CONTINUE READING

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