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dc.contributor.authorSiebert, Stefan John
dc.contributor.authorMaliba, Bheki G.
dc.contributor.authorZobolo, Alpheus M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-28T12:28:12Z
dc.date.available2012-08-28T12:28:12Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationMaliba, 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.issn1991-637x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/7113
dc.description.abstractThe 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.urihttp://www.academicjournals.org/ajar/PDF/pdf2011/4%20Jan/Maliba%20et%20al.pdf
dc.description.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.5897/AJAR10.881
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAcademic Journalsen_US
dc.subjectQuarryen_US
dc.subjectvegetationen_US
dc.subjectrestorationen_US
dc.subjectbiomassen_US
dc.subjectgrasslanden_US
dc.titlePoultry manure enhances grass establishment at a quarry rehabilitation site in subtropical South Africaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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