Changes in Soil Nutrient Status After Abandonment of Swidden Agriculture at Benuaq Dayak Village

  • Kazuhito Morisada
  • Syarif Effendi
  • Seiichi Ohta
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 140)


Swidden agriculture has a long history in Borneo, and there is evidence of major forest clearing 2500 B.P (before present). (Maloney 1985). Swidden agriculture is still the major source of livelihood for the indigenous people of inland Borneo (MacKinnon et al. 1996). Traditional swidden agriculture is characterized by long fallow periods between short periods of crop production (Whitten et al. 1987). The importance of the fallow period for maintaining the forest vegetation under shifting cultivation was well appreciated by Nye and Greenland (1960). Within the last few decades, however, increasing population pressure and the infiltration of a monetary economy have altered traditional land use, with the conversion of forests to permanent crop fields, shortening of fallow periods, and so on (e.g., Robison and McKean 1992; Chapter 15, this volume).


Aboveground Biomass Soil Productivity Fallow Period Rubber Plantation Nutrient Stock 
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  • Kazuhito Morisada
  • Syarif Effendi
  • Seiichi Ohta

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