Ali Akbar Moosavi

Ali Akbar Moosavi
Shiraz University · Department of Soil Science

Ph.D.
Soil Resources Management - Soil Physics and Conservation

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January 2011 - March 2016
Shiraz University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
February 2006 - present
Shiraz University
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  • Professor

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Publications (105)
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Spectroscopy in visible (Vis) and near-infrared (NIR) provides a rapid, timely, non-destructive, low-preparation, and less expensive analysis of soil samples in comparison with traditional laboratory analysis. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to predict basic physical and chemical properties of calcareous soils using Vis-NIR spectral re...
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Measurement of hydraulic parameters, which are very important in soil-water and environmental studies, is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Therefore, the present study aimed to predict near-saturated and saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kψ) of calcareous soils by: i) developing stepwise multiple linear regression (SMLR)-based pedotransfer...
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Soil hydraulic properties are often influenced by agricultural activities. Knowledge of such properties is needed to understand the effect of agricultural practices on the soil water regime and catchment hydrology. In the present study, we investigated the effects of three land use types including orchard field, OF (without ploughing), annual culti...
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Most soil databases present the mass fractions of sand, silt, and clay particles without detailed primary particle-size distribution (PSD). In the present paper two simple methods are introduced to estimate the PSD using the fractions of sand, silt, clay, and very coarse sand. A total of 504 soil samples with different texture classes from differen...
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The study was carried out to derive pedotransfer (PTFs) and spectro-transfer (STF) functions to estimate soil organic matter (SOM) content measured by time-consuming and expensive Walkley-Black wet combustion (W-B), using SOM content obtained from loss on ignition (LOI) and spectra reflectance bands at visible (Vis) and near infrared (NIR) regions....
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Land use change may differently affect soil hydraulic properties at different applied tensions (ψ). In comparison to soil physico-chemical properties, long-term effects of land use types on soil hydraulic properties particularly measured at different applied tensions and calculated using different approaches have been evaluated in rare cases. There...
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Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is one of the most important soil chemical properties that plays an important role in soil fertility. However, standard laboratory methods for measuring CEC are difficult, costly, and time - consuming. The aim of this study was to use new methods such as 1) Pedotransfer Functions (PTF) based on soil basic properties u...
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Wind erosion potential can be assessed using the Threshold Friction Velocity (TFV) of the soil, which is not always easy to measure, especially on regional and global scales. To overcome this difficulty, the spectroscopy technique can provide a useful approach in estimating the TFV as an alternative for time-consuming wind tunnel studies in the fie...
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The study of spatial variability of soil properties such as electrical conductivity (EC) and pH in agricultural soils is of particular importance for the management and improvement of soil fertility in order to produce sustainable crops. Therefore, the present study was conducted with the aim of modeling and spatial prediction of two soil managemen...
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Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is one of the fundamental properties of soil that indicates soil’s ability to retain exchangeable cations. Several regression-based models exist to estimate CEC from widely available or easily measured basic soil properties. However, the majority of these models do not include CaCO3 as an input variable. Consequently,...
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Purpose The present study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative electro-bio-chemical approach, in the phytoremediation of multi-elements polluted soil. Methods A 3×4 factorial greenhouse trial was conducted with four levels of amendments (without amendment, chemical amendment, nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), biological amendmen...
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p>This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of liquid organic fertilizers (LOFs) and soil moisture status on some biological and physical properties of postharvest soil of maize cultivation. For this purpose, a factorial greenhouse experiment was performed based on the completely randomized design with three replications. Treatments consiste...
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Investigating spatial variability of penetration and shear strength properties is of particular importance for the management and improvement of agricultural soil fertility for sustainable production. The aim of this research was to investigate the effect of land-use type and physiographic units on soil penetration and shear strength, and their spa...
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Irrigation of plants by contaminated water with metals is very common in countries facing freshwater scarcity. To enhance plant growth via improved absorption of essential metals including Zn from wastewater the magnetization of water as a modern approach, can be used. With the aim of investigating the effects of brown coal application and magnetiz...
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Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is one of the most important soil chemical properties in terms of plant nutrition and pollutants adsorption in soil that its measurement is time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, this study aimed to estimate soil CEC using values of organic matter, soil textural components, and Tyler and Wheatcraft (DT) and Sepaskha...
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The soil erodibility factor (K-factor), as an indicator of soil sensitivity to erosion, could be a major factor influencing soil erosion in arid and semi-arid regions. This study aimed to investigate the K-factor, its spatial distribution, and influential parameters in the entire Middle East. For this purpose, the World Soil Information Service pro...
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Sorptivity (S) coefficient is a measure of liquid absorption/desorption tendency of a porous medium by the capillary. It is a crucial component in hydrological modeling. Since its measurement is usually time-consuming and labor-intensive, the available data sets suffer from the lack of S coefficient. Therefore, its prediction through utilizing effi...
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Evaluation of soil loss tolerance and of erosion risk is vital to sustain agricultural productivity and to manage natural resources. In the present study, we attempted to evaluate soil erosion risk of the Dorudzan watershed in Southwest Iran by using the RUSLE model coupled with RS-GIS. The soil erosion risk was compared with the measured soil loss...
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‬Mass-fractal models have been frequently used to quantify soil particles size distribution. Since fractal dimension has numerous capabilities to predict different soil properties, this study aimed to determine the best soil primary particles size groups in estimation of fractal dimension of soil primary particles size. This study was done with 186...
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Soil quality (SQ) is an important issue in soil science, ecology, agronomy, and environmental sciences that has been received increased attention due to its importance in the sustainability of ecosystem and soil management. Biological and physicochemical soil traits, as sensitive variables to changes in soil functions, mainly used as major paramete...
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‬Introduction: Soil erosion is one of the most important and serious threats to food security and as a consequence of human life. In order to perform soil protection activities against soil erosion, knowledge about the amount of soil loss tolerable is very important. In fact, the soil loss tolerable is the potential for soil erosion, loss of produc...
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Predicting soil loss tolerance (T‐value) as a first and crucial step in assessing soil erosion using pedotransfer functions (PTFs) could save time and cost. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate T‐value and its influential parameters in calcareous soils of the Dorudzan Watershed, Fars Province, Iran and to develop PTFs for its prediction using ea...
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Shrinkage-swelling behavior and plasticity indices of paddy-soils of the Guilan province, Iran, their spatial variability and influential parameters were evaluated. Coefficient of linear extensibility (COLE), shrinkage index (SI), shrinkage (SL), plastic (PL), and liquid (LL) limits, plasticity index (PI), and the dimensionless geometry factor (rs)...
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Soil degradation is one of the most important issues facing humanity. Since land use change affects soil properties, this study aimed to investigate the effects of land use on some soil physical and chemical attributes. Experiment was conducted at 25 experimental locations on a relatively regular network design with 5×5 meter distance intervals in...
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In arid/semi-arid regions, soil salinization, sodification and contamination by heavy metals (HMs) are the main constrains to plant growth, crop production and human health. Biochar can affect soil behaviors e.g, adsorption of HMs that is one of the most effective techniques for reducing their bioavailability. Effect of three levels (0, 2 and 4% wt...
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In order to study the effect of water deficit stress (WDS), plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR)-enriched and non-enriched vermicompost tea(VT) and vermiwash(V) on the growth and nutrients uptakes of maize, a greenhouse experiment was conducted. The two-factor experiment was set up in a completely randomized design with three replications. T...
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In estimation of soil properties, using spectral reflection of the soil, in the range of 400-2500 nm, is one of the methods which is fast and low cost and with little degradation. this study aims to investigate the ability of spectral data to estimate the percent of calcium carbonate equivalent (CCE) to the surface soils of Fars province. For this...
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The study of biochar properties has received increasing attention by the scientific community in recent years. This study aimed to identify the most environmentally-relevant physico-hydraulic characteristics of slow-pyrolysis sugarcane bagasse-derived biochar prepared at temperatures of 300 (BC300), 400 (BC400), 500 (BC500), and 600 °C (BC600) and...
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Nowadays, due to limited water resources and low soil fertility, especially in arid and semi-arid regions, the use of water with low quality (such as saline water) and soil amendments such as biochar is essential. Biochar is a kind of charcoal produced from plant residue and animal manure, which improves soil physical and chemical properties due to...
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In order to study the effect of two organic amendments on some physical properties of three soils with different textural class, a greenhouse experiment was conducted as a factorial arrangement in completely randomized design with three replications. Treatments consisted of two types of organic materials (compost and ripe fig fruit waste), four org...
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New research findings on biochar applications attracted considerable international attention as it offers environmentally sustainable solutions. This paper has focused on identifying the most important organo-chemical characteristics of slow pyrolysis bagasse-derived biochar as a function of pyrolysis temperature using proximate and Fourier transfo...
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Water infiltration process into the soil is significantly affected by plant residue management and tillage systems, which are important factors for designing efficient irrigation systems, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. We aimed to estimate the coefficients of infiltration process models (including KostiakovLewis, Kostiakov, Horton, SCS a...
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Diffusion-dispersion and the other parameters of solute transport are important characteristics in material transportation within soil that can be influenced by several factors including addition of soil amendments and organic materials. Therefore, this research aimed to evaluate the effects of cattle manure and palm residue biochars produced at di...
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Drought and low amounts of organic matter are two main constraints when considering agriculture in arid and semiarid regions. The two constraints and their adverse effects on soils and plants may be alleviated by biochar (B). Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the influence of 0 (0B), 1.25 (1.25B), 2.5 (2.5B) and 5% wt (5B) cattle-manure bioch...
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A greenhouse experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of 0, 25, 50, and 100 ton ha⁻¹ of cattle manure-derived biochar (BC) and soil moisture conditions (SMC) of 100%, 70% and 55% of water holding capacity (WHC) on soybean production. Most of the macro and micronutrient, soil chemical characteristics and yield production of soybean were sig...
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Despite the fact that cadmium (Cd) is a non-essential element for plants, it can influence nutrients and affect human health. Potassium (K) can influence the transportation of heavy metals (HMs) in soil-plant systems. Here, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of Cd and K fertilizers on the different partitioning forms of HM...
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Effect of four levels of biochar (0, 25, 50 and 75 ton ha-1) produced from wheat straw and three levels of irrigation (100, 75 and 50 % of crop water requirement) on growth and yield of faba bean was determined in completely randomized design in the greenhouse. The result showed that after faba bean reached maturity, the maximum plant height and le...
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Salinity and organic matter deficiency are the main problems of soils in arid and semi-arid regions. The use of residues in presence of salinity may affect soil properties differently. In this research, the effect of zero, 1.5%, 3%, and 4.5% application of pistachio residues and electrical conductivity (salinity) of water including three levels of...
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Background and Objectives: Salinity is one of the major environmental stresses which negatively influence the agricultural production. The saline soils usually have poor soil structure due to lack of organic matter. Therefore, application of organic matter improves soil aggregate stability, increases soil porosity and enhances soil water holding c...
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The accumulation of heavy metals (HM) in agricultural soils leads to an increased uptake by plants. This affects food quality and safety. This paper reports experiments on the effects of nickel (Ni) applications and soil moisture conditions (SMC) on Ni, nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potassium (K) and sodium (Na) concentrations and the uptake by ca...
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خلاصه حضور آلاینده‌های نفتی در خاک سبب ایجاد تغییراتی در ویژگی‌های فیزیکی و شیمیایی آن می‌گردند. بمنظور بررسی اثر افزودن زئولیت به‌عنوان یک اصلاحگر معدنی، بر میزان هدایت هیدرولیکی آب در خاک آلوده به سطوح مختلف نفت خام، آزمایشی در قالب طرح پایه کاملاً تصادفی و در قالب آزمون فاکتوریل 4×3×3 با سه تکرار طراحی و اجرا گردید. تیمارهای آزمایشی شامل سه سطح...
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خلاصه آلاینده‌های نفتی علاوه بر سمی بودن و ایجاد تغییرات ژنتیکی، سبب ایجاد تغییراتی در ویژگی‌های فیزیکی و شیمیایی خاک می‌گردند. بمنظور بررسی اثر افزودن زئولیت بر میزان پ‌هاش، قابلیت هدایت الکتریکی، ماده آلی و نفوذپذیری ریشه در خاک آلوده به سطوح مختلف نفت خام، آزمایشی در قالب طرح پایه کاملاً تصادفی و در قالب آزمون فاکتوریل 3×3 با سه تکرار طراحی و ا...
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خلاصه يکي از معضلات عمده خاک‌هاي آلوده به نفت به ويژه در مناطق خشک دنيا آبگريزي است. بمنظور بررسی اثر افزودن زئولیت معدنی به‌عنوان یک اصلاحگر، بر میزان آبگریزی خاک آلوده به سطوح مختلف نفت خام آزمایشی در قالب طرح پایه کاملاً تصادفی و در قالب آزمون فاکتوریل طراحی و اجرا گردید. تیمارهای آزمایشی شامل سه سطح زئولیت (صفر (شاهد)، 5/1 و 3 درصد وزنی)، سه س...
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خلاصه مساله پایداری خاک‌های آلوده به نفت برای ثبات مخازن نفتی، لوله‌های انتقال نفت، پایداری شیب‌های خاکی و غیره حائز اهمیت است. بمنظور بررسی اثر افزودن زئولیت معدنی به‌عنوان یک اصلاحگر، بر پایداری و میانگین قطر خاکدانه‌ها در خاک آلوده به سطوح مختلف نفت خام، آزمایشی در قالب طرح پایه کاملاً تصادفی و در قالب آزمون فاکتوریل 3×3 طراحی و اجرا گردید. تیم...
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In this paper, we present and analyze a novel global database of soil infiltration measurements, the Soil Water Infiltration Global (SWIG) database. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists who performed the experiments or they...
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In this paper, we present and analyze a global database of soil infiltration measurements, the Soil Water Infiltration Global (SWIG) database, for the first time. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists who performed the exper...
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The effect of zeolite as a soil conditioner that is used for improving physico-chemical soil properties, improving nitrogen use efficiency and decreasing nitrogen wastes has not been studied on nitrogen leaching of different sources. Therefore, this study as a factorial greenhouse experiment arranged in a completely randomized design with 3 replica...
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Download Abstract In this paper, we present and analyze a global database of soil infiltration measurements, the Soil Water Infiltration Global (SWIG) database, for the first time. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists who...
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Drought and low amounts of organic matter are two main constraints in arid and semiarid regions and their adverse effects on soils and plants can be alleviated by biochar (B). Therefore, the influence of 0 (0B), 1.25 (1.25B), 2.5 (2.5B) and 5% (5B) cattle-manure biochar on the growth and physiological traits of spinach and physical characteristics...
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Long-term trends in soil temperature are important, but rarely reported, as a sensitive climate indicator and its impact on biological, chemical, and physical processes that occur in the soil. In this study, the simple linear regression and nonparametric Mann–Kendall (MK) trend test were employed to identify trends in monthly air and soil temperatu...
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In this paper, the Galerkin finite element and finite difference methods were employed to simulate the water flow in unsaturated soil. The finite element and finite difference schemes were used for spatial and time discretization of the problem, respectively. The problem is nonlinear and the Picard iterative method is used for this purpose. The num...
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Sorptivity coefficient (S) is one of the most important parameter in infiltration and hydrological models. On one hand, its laboratory or field determination is usually labor-intensive, time-consuming and expensive. On the other hand, due to their high inherent spatio-temporal variability, large number of samples is needed for its determination. Th...
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Break through curve (BTC) and its coefficients are of the most important hydraulic attributes which influenced by different factors such as soil texture, the type and the amount of clay minerals in soil, properties of the clay minerals etc. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to determine the BTC and the diffusion-dispersion coefficie...
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Soil components including organic matter (OM) are of vital importance in sorption/desorption kinetics of potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs), e.g., zinc (Zn). Nowadays, biochars as a source of OM have received increased attention because of their potential for improving soil properties. Effect of wheat straw biochar (0, 1.5 and 3% w/w) and zinc...
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Estimated of soil moisture curve points by using of pedotransfer functions and reliable soil properties can be saved cost and time. Purpose of this study is assessment and comparison of Ostovari-Beigi (2013) and Ghanbarian-Millán (2010) pedotransfer functions for estimating of 8 points of soil moisture curve. For this work, 119 soil samples of Euro...
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Soil structure and aggregate stability are of physical characteristics that directly or indirectly affect the other soil properties or the growth of plant. These soil attributes are influenced by factors such as the type and amount of organic matter and soil water conditions. The effects of 0, 0.05, 0.5 and 5% organic acid and 1, 4, 8 and 12 wettin...
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Soil particle size distribution (PSD), particularly the active clay fraction, mediates soil engineering, agronomic and environmental functions. The tedious and costly nature of traditional methods of determining PSD prompted the development of water sorption-based models for determining the clay fraction. The applicability of such models to semi-ar...
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Introduction: Vermicompost is one of the important bio-fertilizer which is the product of the process of composting different organic wastes such as manures and crop residues using different earthworms. Vermicomposts, especially those are derived from animal wastes,contain the large amounts of nutrients compaired with the composts prepared from cro...
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Low organic matter in arid and semi arid soils results in decreasing physical quality and increasing runoff and soil erosion.Application of organic compounds (sewage sludge) in these regions can improve soil physical and chemical properties. In the present research effect of different levels of sewage sludge (0, 30 and 60 ton ha-1) on organic carbo...
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Water infiltration into soil plays key role in water cycle and its importance forced researchers to introduce suitable models for its quantitative study. In the present study, the Kostiakov-Lewis, Kostiakov, Philip, Horton, and SCS models for prediction of measured cumulative infiltration by double rings into two different calcareous soils were eva...
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Introduction: Heavy metals such as cadmium (Cd) are found naturally in soils, but their amount can be changed by human activities. The study of the uptake and accumulation of heavy metals by plants is done in order to prevent their threats on human and animal’s health.Cadmium is a toxic element for living organisms. Cadmium competes with many of nu...
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Introduction: Saturated hydraulic conductivity and the other hydraulic properties of soils are essential vital soil attributes that play role in the modeling of hydrological phenomena, designing irrigation-drainage systems, transportation of salts and chemical and biological pollutants within the soil. Measurement of these hydraulic properties need...
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Drought and its resulting stress is one of the most important common environmental stresses that limit agricultural productions. In order to evaluate the effect of cattle manure biochar on the growth, yield and water use efficiency of spinach at different soil moisture status, a factorial completely randomized design with 3 replications was conduct...
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Abstract2 Background and Objectives: Soil is the most important factor in agricultural production. Tillage operations affect crop production due to its influences on soil characteristics. Tillage systems changed water infiltration to soil. Incorporation of plant residues with soil improved infiltration of water to soil. In reduced tillage system st...