Mulches for Nutrient Addition to Soil

  • Khawar Jabran
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Plant Science book series (BRIEFSPLANT)


Crop production systems with intensive cultivation of crops are desired to fulfill the food needs of ever-growing populations. This takes more of nutrients from the soil, while the ones added to the soil in the form of synthetic fertilizers are too little to replenish the quantities absorbed by the crops. Worldwide, huge quantities of organic wastes (including those from household, farmyard, or residue of crops) are available but are not fully returned to the soil for the purpose of improving soil fertility. The residue from crops is either burned, fed to animals, or removed from the fields for other purposes. Nevertheless, crop residue as well as the other organic wastes can be utilized for soil restoration. Recent literature indicates that more of researchers are working to put forward the benefits of using straw mulches in agriculture. Straw mulches have been found to increase the contents of soil organic carbon, improve the soil enzymatic activities, and enhance the soil organic matter. High concentrations of nutrients and their improved availability have been generally noted in the agricultural fields with straw or other kinds of organic mulches. Although plastic mulching does not add nutrients to soil, it may facilitate nutrient uptake of crops by enhancing their availability through increase soil moisture levels and regulation of the soil temperature.


Straw Compost Soil fertility Nutrient addition to soil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khawar Jabran
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  1. 1.Department of Plant Production and Technologies, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and TechnologiesNiğde Ömer Halisdemir UniversityNiğdeTurkey

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