Minesoil Properties Affecting Plant Establishment and Growth

  • Subodh Kumar Maiti


The requirements for the growth of plant are very simple. They require soil for growth of roots and source of nutrients and moisture, while sunlight and carbon dioxide are required for the carbohydrate production (Fig. 4.1). Soil serves the need of the plant by providing support medium for growth (stability), gaseous exchange for roots, water and nutrients which are dissolved in water. However, plant establishment and growth on mine spoils are often limited due to physical factors rather than chemical imbalances (Dollhopf and Postle 1988).


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Cation Exchange Capacity Infiltration Rate Undisturbed Soil Mine Spoil 


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  • Subodh Kumar Maiti
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  1. 1.Indian School of Mines Department of Environmental Science and EngineeringCentre for Mining EnvironmentDhanbadIndia

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