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Journal of Arid Land  2017, Vol. 9 Issue (2): 200-209    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-017-0006-6
Research Article     
Effects of different plantation types on soil properties after vegetation restoration in an alpine sandy land on the Tibetan Plateau, China
Qingxue LI1,2, Zhiqing JIA1,2,*(), Tao LIU3, Lili FENG1, Lingxianzi HE1
1Institute of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
2Qinghai Gonghe Desert Ecosystem Research Station, Qinghai 813005, China
3Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
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Large areas of Artemisia ordosicaKrasch., Caragana korshinskiiKom.,and Caragana intermediaKuang and H.C. Fu plantations were established on moving sand dunes in the Gonghe Basin(northeastern Tibetan Plateau) for vegetation restoration. Elevating our understanding of the changes in soil characteristics after the establishment of different plantation types can be useful in the context of combating desertification. To assess the effects of these plantation types on the restoration of sandy land, we measured soil physical-chemical properties at four depths (0-5, 5-10, 10-20, and 20-50 cm) in each of the three plantation types and also in non-vegetated moving sand dunes (as control sites). Generally, the establishment of A. ordosica, C. korshinskii and C. intermedia plantations on sand dunes has greatly ameliorated soil quality in the Gonghe Basin. Specifically, relative to the moving sand dunes, shrub plantation has increased the silt and clay contents, total porosity and water holding capacity, soil organic matter, total nitrogen, total phosphorus and total potassium contents. The calculated soil quality index suggested that in the Gonghe Basin, C. intermedia is the best choice for soil amelioration. In all the three plantation types, soil amelioration mainly occurred in the shallow depths.

Key wordsalpine sandy land      plantation types      soil property      soil amelioration     
Received: 08 June 2016      Published: 20 April 2017
Corresponding Authors: Zhiqing JIA     E-mail:
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Qingxue LI, Zhiqing JIA, Tao LIU, Lili FENG, Lingxianzi HE. Effects of different plantation types on soil properties after vegetation restoration in an alpine sandy land on the Tibetan Plateau, China. Journal of Arid Land, 2017, 9(2): 200-209.

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