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Effects of Oxidized Brown Coal Humic Acid Fertilizer on the Relative Height Growth Rate of Several Tree Species

Version 1 : Received: 22 January 2018 / Approved: 22 January 2018 / Online: 22 January 2018 (17:34:43 CET)

How to cite: Tsetsegmaa, G.; Ahmedi, K.; Cho, W.; Lee, S.; Chandra, R.; Choi, E.J.; Wainkwa Chia, R.; Ho Duck, K. Effects of Oxidized Brown Coal Humic Acid Fertilizer on the Relative Height Growth Rate of Several Tree Species. Preprints 2018, 2018010205 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0205.v1). Tsetsegmaa, G.; Ahmedi, K.; Cho, W.; Lee, S.; Chandra, R.; Choi, E.J.; Wainkwa Chia, R.; Ho Duck, K. Effects of Oxidized Brown Coal Humic Acid Fertilizer on the Relative Height Growth Rate of Several Tree Species. Preprints 2018, 2018010205 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0205.v1).

Abstract

Field experiments were carried out during 2011-2014 at the Research and Experimental Center to Combating Desertification located in the Elsen Tasarkhai station of central Mongolia. The study was aimed to identify the effects of oxidized brown coal humic acid fertilizer on the relative growth rate of several trees for forest rehabilitation. The trees used were Populus sibirica, Salix ledebouriana and Acer tataricum. The experiment was carried out with the concentrations of 2,000, 10,000 and 20,000 mg L-1 of humic acid fertilization treatments. The measurement of relative height growth rate (RHGR) was conducted for a period of 4 years. The treatments showed significant differences within humic fertilizer concentrations which differed depending on the species. Compared to the monthly RHGR over the study, the treatment of fertilizers were significantly better for tree growth. P. sibirica in the 10,000 and 20,000 mg L-1 humic acid fertilizers had significant height growth rates. In addition, when the humic acid treatments were compared to control, A. tataricum decreased over the years which were statistically significant for high growth rate and a positive effect of humic acid fertilization treatments was observed. Furthermore, results showed that oxidized brown coal humic acid fertilizers as organic fertilizer can have a positive effect for the growth of A. tataricum during the study years. The results showed that the soil chemical properties EC, CO2, NO3, and K2O were significant among all the treatments compared to the control. The effect on P2O5 statistically significantly increased among all the treatments. However, pH and Mg were not significant effect among all the treatments. Combining the results obtained from the oxidized brown coal humic acid fertilization with sustainable land management practices can help improve soil organics for environmental issues in degraded sandy soil regions.

Subject Areas

Forest rehabilitation, humic acid fertilizer, relative height growth rate, soil chemical properties

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