Short-term low-severity spring grassland fire impacts on soil extractable elements and soil ratios in Lithuania

Agata Novara, Juan F. Martínez-Murillo, Jessica Miesel, Oleksandr Menshov, Daniel Depellegrin, Deborah Martin, Eric C. Brevik, Jesus Rodrigo Comino, Paulo Pereira, Artemi Cerda, Xavier Úbeda

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Abstract

Spring grassland fires are common in boreal areas as a consequence of slash and burn agriculture used to remove dry grass to increase soil nutrient properties and crop production. However, few works have investigated fire impacts on these grassland ecosystems, especially in the immediate period after the fire. The objective of this work was to study the short-term impacts of a spring grassland fire in Lithuania. Four days after the fire we established a 400 m2sampling grid within the burned area and in an adjacent unburned area with the same topographical, hydrological and pedological characteristics. We collected topsoil samples immediately after the fire (0 months), 2, 5, 7 and 9 months after the fire. We analysed soil pH, electrical conductivity (EC), major nutrients including calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), and potassium (K), and the minor elements aluminium (Al), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn). We also calculated the soil Na and K adsorption ratio (SPAR), Ca:Mg and Ca:Al. The results showed that this low-severity grassland fire significantly decreased soil pH, Al, and Mn but increased EC, Ca, Mg, and K,. There was no effect on Na, Fe, and Zn. There was a decrease of EC, Ca, Mg, and Na from 0 months after the fire until 7 months after the fire, with an increase during the last sampling period. Fire did not significantly affect SPAR. Ca:Mg decreased significantly immediately after the fire, but not to critical levels. Ca:Al increased after the fire, reducing the potential effects of Al on plants. Overall, fire impacts were mainly limited to the immediate period after the fire.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)469-475
Numero di pagine7
RivistaScience of the Total Environment
Volume578
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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Calcium
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Aluminum
Magnesium
magnesium
aluminum
electrical conductivity
Manganese
Nutrients
Zinc
manganese
zinc
shifting cultivation
crop production
soil nutrient
Ecosystems

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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Novara, A., Martínez-Murillo, J. F., Miesel, J., Menshov, O., Depellegrin, D., Martin, D., ... Úbeda, X. (2017). Short-term low-severity spring grassland fire impacts on soil extractable elements and soil ratios in Lithuania. Science of the Total Environment, 578, 469-475.

Short-term low-severity spring grassland fire impacts on soil extractable elements and soil ratios in Lithuania. / Novara, Agata; Martínez-Murillo, Juan F.; Miesel, Jessica; Menshov, Oleksandr; Depellegrin, Daniel; Martin, Deborah; Brevik, Eric C.; Rodrigo Comino, Jesus; Pereira, Paulo; Cerda, Artemi; Úbeda, Xavier.

In: Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 578, 2017, pag. 469-475.

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Novara, A, Martínez-Murillo, JF, Miesel, J, Menshov, O, Depellegrin, D, Martin, D, Brevik, EC, Rodrigo Comino, J, Pereira, P, Cerda, A & Úbeda, X 2017, 'Short-term low-severity spring grassland fire impacts on soil extractable elements and soil ratios in Lithuania', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 578, pagg. 469-475.
Novara, Agata ; Martínez-Murillo, Juan F. ; Miesel, Jessica ; Menshov, Oleksandr ; Depellegrin, Daniel ; Martin, Deborah ; Brevik, Eric C. ; Rodrigo Comino, Jesus ; Pereira, Paulo ; Cerda, Artemi ; Úbeda, Xavier. / Short-term low-severity spring grassland fire impacts on soil extractable elements and soil ratios in Lithuania. In: Science of the Total Environment. 2017 ; Vol. 578. pagg. 469-475.
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