What is it about?
This study was carried out to evaluate the impact of organic vs. conventional cultivation of basmati rice on soil health in Haryana, India. Over long-term, improved physical, chemical, and biological indicators of soil health were observed in organic vs conventional farms. Greater organic matter buildup enhanced nutrient cycling in systems receiving organic amendments. Enzyme activities were very also sensitive to short-term effects of organic vs. conventional nutrient management.
Why is it important?
This study indicates that organic farming practices stimulate biotic and abiotic interactions in the soil which could facilitate in moving towards a sustainable food future.
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This page is a summary of: Evaluation of soil health in organicvs. conventional farming of basmati rice in North India, Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, April 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201700128.
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