Effects of Nutrient Source on Soil Physical, Chemical, and Microbial Properties in an Organic Pear Orchard

유기질 비료 급원이 배 과원의 토양 물리화학성 및 미생물성에 미치는 영향

  • Choi, Hyun-Sug (Organic Agriculture Division, National Academy of Agricultural Science) ;
  • Li, Xiong (Department of Horticulture, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Wol-Soo (Department of Horticulture, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Youn (Organic Agriculture Division, National Academy of Agricultural Science)
  • 최현석 (국립농업과학원 유기농업과) ;
  • 이웅 (전남대학교 원예학과) ;
  • 김월수 (전남대학교 원예학과) ;
  • 이연 (국립농업과학원 유기농업과)
  • Received : 2010.06.30
  • Accepted : 2011.03.10
  • Published : 2011.03.31


BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of different organic treatments and a chemical fertilizer on the soil chemical, physical, and microbial properties in an organic pear orchard. METHODS AND RESULTS: Control was referred as a NPK chemical fertilizer (15N-9P-10K) and organic treatments included compost containing with oil cake, compost containing with humic acid, and compost containing with chitin substance. All treatments applied at rates equivalent to 200 g N per tree per year under the tree canopy in March 30 of 2008 and 2009. Soil bulk density, solid phase, liquid phase, and penetration resistance were not significantly different among the treatments. Organic treatment plots had greater organic matter, total nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium concentrations compared to control, and the nutrient concentrations were not consistently affected by the organic treatments. Microbial biomass nitrogen and carbon, dehydrogenase, acid-phosphatase, and chitinase activities overall increased from March to August. Organic treatments, especially compost containing with oil cake or chitin aicd, increased the microbial variables compared to control. CONCLUSION(s): All the organic treatments consistently stimulated soil biological activity. The consistent treatment effect, however, did not occur on the soil mineral nutrition as the trees actively taken up the nutrients during a growing season, which would have diminished treatment effects. Long-term study required for evaluating soil physical properties in a pear orchard.


Chitin;Humic;Oil cake;Organic fertilizer;Soil properties


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