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Record number 367255
Title Termites and mulch work together to rehabilitate soils
Author(s) Ouédraogo, E.; Mando, A.; Brussaard, L.
Source LEISA : ILEIA newsletter for low-external-input and sustainable agriculture 24 (2008)2. - ISSN 1569-8424 - p. 28 - 28.
Department(s) Land Degradation and Development
Chair Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality
PE&RC
Publication type Article in professional journal
Publication year 2008
Keyword(s) bodemvruchtbaarheid - bodemstructuur - bodemfauna - isoptera - mulchen - grondbewerking - burkina faso - soil fertility - soil structure - soil fauna - mulching - tillage
Categories Soil Fertility / Agriculture in Africa / Tillage
Abstract In semi-arid areas such as the Sahelian zone of Africa, many soils have become severely degraded. One extreme form is the bare and crused soil, which is virtually productively "dead". In Burkina Faso, farmers have responded by applying mulch to attract termites that then help to rehabilitate the soil. A research project shows the importance of termites in breaking up hardened soil and increasing water infiltration. The land became productive enough to farm within months.
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