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Evaluation of soil physical and chemical quality indices under different land use scenario in North Ethiopia

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 2Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 3Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI), Soil and Water Conservation Directorate, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
  • 4Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 5Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 6Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 9, Issue (1), Pages 38-47, January,22 (2020)


Alteration of land use system can potentially influence soil quality. Appraisal of soil quality indexes in different land use scheme is appropriate to design sustainable soil resource conservation strategies. In this study, three commonly used land use scheme (grazing land, crop land and forest land) were considered for soil quality evaluation. Aiming for representative soil sample, thirty-six sub composites soil sample were collected for each land use. Laboratory analysis was made following standardize procedures for soil physical and chemical properties. Some soil quality indicators were significantly influenced (p&


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