Influence of types of restorative vegetation on the wetting properties of aggregates in a severely degraded clayey Ultisol in subtropical China

X Peng, B Zhang*, Q Zhao, R Horn, PD Hallett

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Vegetation may affect soil physical behaviour because of increases in hydrophobic organic compounds that bind soil particles and reduce the rate of wetting by inducing a low level of water repellency. These processes have not been isolated previously, so the aim of this study was to evaluate how different types of restorative vegetation influence the water repellency and pore structure of soil. We measured an index of water repellency, R, as the ratio between water and ethanol sorptivities on the surfaces of different size soil aggregates from a severely degraded clayey Ultisol. R is proportional to the decrease in water sorptivity. The treatments were (1) eroded bare land, two types of restorative vegetation-(2) deciduous Camphor trees (Cinnamomum camphora) and (3) leguminous Lespedeza shrubs (Lespedeza bicolor), (4) Masson pine (Pinus massoniana), and (5) a vegetable garden with large annual inputs of pig manure. R increased from

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-324
Number of pages12
Issue number3-4
Early online date4 Mar 2003
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003


  • management
  • aggregate
  • hydrophobic organic matter
  • organic-matter
  • water repellency
  • intrinsic sorptivity
  • sorptivity
  • hydrophobicity
  • restorative vegetation
  • water-repellency
  • range
  • transport
  • soil degradation
  • arable soils
  • stability
  • soil-structure
  • clayey ultisols

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