20Mar 2024


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The objectives of the study were to assess soil quality and its relationship to the sustainability of tea cultivation in the Lam Dong, Vietnam. Overall soil quality declined with increasing age of the tea plantations as evidenced by decreases in soil OC, total N, K and S, available P and K, mean weight diameter of aggregates. As well, total P, bulk density and mechanical resistance increased with increasing cultivation intensity. Because these soil properties were sensitive to cultivation effects, they were considered to be good indicators of soil quality. Soil properties that were less sensitive to change, and limited as soil quality indicators included texture, clay mineralogy and sesquioxides, and effective cation exchange capacity. Soil quality changes were greatest during the first 10 years of cultivation and were generally greatest in the surface 0- to 40-cm of soil. Soil and crop management factors were considered to be the most important factors affecting soil quality. Decreases in long-term crop yields were found to correspond with decreases in soil quality. In terms of crop productivity, the most important soil quality indicators (based on a multiple regression analysis) were OC, available P, total K and PAWC. Economic analysis of the yield and production cost data indicated that, under current conditions, tea cultivation in the Lam Dong province is sustainable for periods of about 20 years. Thus, measured values of soil quality indicators in the 20-yr tea soils were considered to represent the "critical levels" for economic sustainability of tea cultivation.

[PhD. Tao Anh Khoi (2024); EFFECTS OF TEA (Camellia sinensis) CULTIVATION ON SOIL QUALITY IN THE LAM DONG, VIETNAM Int. J. of Adv. Res. (Mar). 35-43] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

tao anh khoi

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Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/18363      
DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/18363