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Poultry manure enhances grass establishment at a quarry rehabilitation site in subtropical South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Siebert, Stefan John
dc.contributor.author Maliba, Bheki G.
dc.contributor.author Zobolo, Alpheus M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T12:28:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-28T12:28:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Maliba, B.G. et al. 2011. Poultry manure enhances grass establishment at a quarry rehabilitation site in subtropical South Africa. African journal of agricultural research, 6(1):46-50. [http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/ajar] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1991-637x
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7113
dc.description.abstract The rehabilitation of a quarry was conducted with selected grass species in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The seed cocktail applied contained Chloris gayana, Cynodon dactylon, Digitaria eriantha, Eragrostis curvula, Panicum maximum and Paspalum distichum. Three treatments used were: No soil enhancement (control), poultry manure application, and commercial fertilizer application. Four months after sowing, the percentage grass cover per 1 m2 of treatment was 33% for the control, 65% where manure was applied and 76% with fertilizer application. Both fertilizer and manure applications promoted the colonization of grass species. Fertilizer application significantly increased biomass of grass (P_0.05). Poultry manure resulted in higher biomass of approximately 5 g per m2 more than the control; however the mean was not significantly different from the control (P_0.05). These results suggest that fertilizer application prior to seed sowing in a rehabilitated quarry provide the highest biomass after four months. The application of poultry manure proved to be a cheaper option to increase aboveground plant cover in a rehabilitated area, but it is less effective than fertilizer in terms of biomass production. en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.academicjournals.org/ajar/PDF/pdf2011/4%20Jan/Maliba%20et%20al.pdf
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/AJAR10.881
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.subject Quarry en_US
dc.subject vegetation en_US
dc.subject restoration en_US
dc.subject biomass en_US
dc.subject grassland en_US
dc.title Poultry manure enhances grass establishment at a quarry rehabilitation site in subtropical South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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