Leaf Litter Production And Soil Fertility Improvement In A Homegarden In The Akuapem District Of Ghana

Abstract Ceiba pentandra, Colagigantea,Lanneawelwitschii,Militia excelsa (all non-leguminous) and Milletia zechiana (leguminous) are among the various tree species retained on cropping fields in the Akuapem District of Ghana, but little is known of the actual contribution of these species to soil fertility improvement. Leaf litter samples from the above-mentioned non-leguminous species were analysed to determine their nutrient content. Leaf litter production was also quantified monthly over a fourmonth period and hence the potential contribution of the different types of leaf litter to the soil nutrient pool was calculated. Results from pot experiments, in which maize (Zea mays) was used as a test crop indicated that when the leaf litter produced by the four non-leguminous species are used as mulch, the nutrients contained in them are not readily available for plant growth. Nonetheless, studies of soil chemical properties beneath tree canopy, at canopy edge and outside tree canopy suggest that long term accumulation of leaf Utter from C. pentandra and L. wehvitschii results in higher availability of nitrogen and phosphorus. Millettia zechiana, on the other hand, was found to have nodulation ability and hence is potentially capable of contributing to soil enrichment through biological nitrogen fixation.

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APA

ADOMAKO, E (2021). Leaf Litter Production And Soil Fertility Improvement In A Homegarden In The Akuapem District Of Ghana. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/leaf-litter-production-and-soil-fertility-improvement-in-a-homegarden-in-the-akuapem-district-of-ghana

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ADOMAKO, EUREKA "Leaf Litter Production And Soil Fertility Improvement In A Homegarden In The Akuapem District Of Ghana" Afribary. Afribary, 05 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/leaf-litter-production-and-soil-fertility-improvement-in-a-homegarden-in-the-akuapem-district-of-ghana. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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ADOMAKO, EUREKA . "Leaf Litter Production And Soil Fertility Improvement In A Homegarden In The Akuapem District Of Ghana". Afribary, Afribary, 05 Apr. 2021. Web. 27 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/leaf-litter-production-and-soil-fertility-improvement-in-a-homegarden-in-the-akuapem-district-of-ghana >.

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ADOMAKO, EUREKA . "Leaf Litter Production And Soil Fertility Improvement In A Homegarden In The Akuapem District Of Ghana" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 27, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/leaf-litter-production-and-soil-fertility-improvement-in-a-homegarden-in-the-akuapem-district-of-ghana

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EUREKA EMEFA ADOMAKO Field: Botany Type: Thesis 188 PAGES (30922 WORDS) (pdf)