publication . Article . 2010

effects of ten year application of empty fruit bunches in an oil palm plantation on soil chemical properties

Rosenani Abu Bakar; Siti Zauyah Darus; S. Kulaseharan; N. Jamaluddin;
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  • Published: 10 Sep 2010 Journal: Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, volume 89, pages 341-349 (issn: 1385-1314, eissn: 1573-0867, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
The oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB), a major waste product of the palm oil mills, were earlier incinerated at the mills and had contributed to air quality problems in Malaysia. This lead to the introduction of the Malaysian Environmental Air Quality Regulation in 1978 which prompted mills to look for alternative management methods in disposal of the EFB. A convenient method is applying the EFB to the oil palm field near the mill for nutrient cycling. A study was conducted to investigate the effects of 10 years of EFB yearly application in an oil palm plantation, as a source of nutrients, on the chemical properties of a well-drained, highly weathered acidic so...
free text keywords: Agronomy and Crop Science, Soil Science, General Earth and Planetary Sciences, General Environmental Science, Soil chemistry, Soil pH, Soil water, Agronomy, Topsoil, Mulch, Chemistry, Ultisol, Cation-exchange capacity, Soil carbon
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