Long-term effects of peatland cultivation on soil physical and hydraulic properties: Case study in Canada

@article{Hallema2015LongtermEO,
  title={Long-term effects of peatland cultivation on soil physical and hydraulic properties: Case study in Canada},
  author={D. Hallema and Jonathan A. Lafond and Y. P{\'e}riard and S. Gumi{\`e}re and G. Sun and J. Caron},
  journal={Vadose Zone Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={14},
  pages={1-12}
}
  • D. Hallema, Jonathan A. Lafond, +3 authors J. Caron
  • Published 2015
  • Geology
  • Vadose Zone Journal
  • Organic soils are an excellent substrate for commercial lettuce ( Lactuca sativa L.) farming; however, drainage accelerates oxidation of the surface layer and reduces the water holding capacity, which is often lethal for crops that are sensitive to water stress. In this case study, we analyzed 942 peat samples from a large cultivated peatland complex (18.7 km 2 ) in southern Quebec, Canada, and demonstrated from spatial and temporal patterns that agriculture resulted in a compacted layer below… CONTINUE READING

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