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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:9, September, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(9): 1089-1097

Decomposition of Different Litter Fractions in Agroforestry System of Central India
Garima Gupta1*, R.S. Yadav2 and Deepak Maurya3
1Maya College of Agricculture and Technology, Dehradun-248011, India
2ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Regional Centre, Datia-475 661, India
3ICAR-NBSSLUP, Regional Centre, Kolkata-700091, India
*Corresponding author

Albiziaprocera is the native and most common agri silvicultural /agrosilvopastutal tree species of Semi-arid regions of Central India. This study focused on litter decomposition and subsequent nutrient release (N, P, K) from litter fall under six-year old A. procera in agroforestry system. The average weight loss from different fractions of litter of A. procera, pod litter shows maximum decay followed by leaves and petiole Pod litter got the maximum decay rate coefficient indicate faster rate of its decomposition. For 95 percent decay leaf, petiole and pod litter decomposed faster under A. procera + crop. Decomposition of A. procera litter is positively correlated with N, P and hemicellulose concentration of litter and negatively correlated with lignin, C/N ratio, and lignin/N ratio. Nutrient release from litter of A. procera followed the trend: K > N > P and was found higher from pod followed by leaves and petiole. The added nutrients may contribute to the sustainability of soil fertility, which is becoming an important phenomenon for agroforestry practices.

Keywords: Agroforestry, Decomposition, Nutrient cycling, Substrate quality

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Garima Gupta, R.S. Yadav and Deepak Maurya. 2017. Decomposition of Different Litter Fractions in Agroforestry System of Central India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(9): 1089-1097. doi:
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