Soil condition and plant interrelations in dry years

Márta Birkás, Attila Stingli, András Szemok, Tibor Kalmár, László Bottlik

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Our objectives were to assess and rank 3 soil condition variants - root zone improving (RI), mulch leaving (ML) and minimum disturbing (MD) - suitability to soil quality improvement and demonstrate the plant responses to different soil state and find a possible relation between soil condition and plant growth under extreme climate. To rank the soil-plant interrelations twelve soil and plant factors were assessed; quality and depth of loosening state, surface protection by plants and stubble residues, soil aggregation, earthworm number, water supply in the root zone, tillage-induced C-flux, rooting depth of plants, yield, dry biomass and biomass recycling. Finally, seven fundamental requirements were selected to mitigate climate-stress and to improve plant resistance to the heat damage. A climate damage mitigation soil tillage strategy can establish a harmony between soil conservation and the demands of crop production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalCereal Research Communications
Issue numberSUPPL. 5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008



  • Climate-stress
  • Drought
  • Mitigation
  • Mulch
  • Root zone
  • Soil condition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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Birkás, M., Stingli, A., Szemok, A., Kalmár, T., & Bottlik, L. (2008). Soil condition and plant interrelations in dry years. Cereal Research Communications, 36(SUPPL. 5), 15-18.