Impact of Digestate Application on Chemical and Microbiological Properties of Two Different Textured Soils

M. Makádi, T. Szegi, A. Tomócsik, V. Orosz, E. Michéli, A. Ferenczy, K. Posta, B. Bíró

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Agricultural application of anaerobic digestates can play an important role in plant nutrition. The effects of digestate treatment were studied in pot experiments, using sandy and loamy textured soils with distinct characteristics. Three different treatments were studied and compared: control, digestate, and irrigation treatments. Nitrogen loading was calculated on the bases of the digestate analysis. The same amounts of digestate and irrigation water were applied in the different treatments before sowing and at the V4–V6 stages of maize. Besides the conventional soil chemical analysis, invertase, dehydrogenase, catalase, and the abundance of some cultivable microbes were measured in two consecutive years. According to our results, irrigation and digestate treatments had greater impact in the case of sandy soils than in loamy textured soils. Digestate provides more effective phosphorus and potassium sources than nitrogen. Based on the results of discriminant analysis, the digestate application had a greater influence on soil chemical properties, followed by microbiological parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2016



  • Colony-forming units
  • digestate
  • field pots
  • regular use
  • soil chemical parameters
  • soil enzymes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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