The 'Terra Preta' phenomenon: a model for sustainable agriculture in the humid tropics

@article{Glaser2001TheP,
  title={The 'Terra Preta' phenomenon: a model for sustainable agriculture in the humid tropics},
  author={B. Glaser and L. Haumaier and G. Guggenberger and W. Zech},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2001},
  volume={88},
  pages={37-41}
}
  • B. Glaser, L. Haumaier, +1 author W. Zech
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Abstract. Many soils of the lowland humid tropics are thought to be too infertile to support sustainable agriculture. However, there is strong evidence that permanent or semi-permanent agriculture can itself create sustainably fertile soils known as 'Terra Preta' soils. These soils not only contain higher concentrations of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium, but also greater amounts of stable soil organic matter. Frequent findings of charcoal and highly aromatic humic… CONTINUE READING
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