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Record number 42839
Title Termites and agricultural production in the Sahel: from enemy to friend?
Author(s) Mando, A.; Rheenen, T. van
Source Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science 46 (1998). - ISSN 0028-2928 - p. 77 - 85.
Department(s) Erosion and Soil and Water Conservation
Soil Biology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 1998
Keyword(s) bodemvruchtbaarheid - bodemchemie - anorganische verbindingen - mineralen - bodemstructuur - verjonging - sahel - soil fertility - soil chemistry - inorganic compounds - minerals - soil structure - regeneration
Categories Soil Fertility
Abstract Termites are an important component of agroecosystems, particularly in developing countries where they are an alternative to high priced inputs. Given the major problems in the Sahel of soil crusting and nutrient depletion, this paper shows that termites associated with proper management techniques can play a vital role. Termites contribute to the rehabilitation of crusted soils, i.e. by opening up voids on the sealed surface leading to improved infiltration capacity, and consequently improved water availability. It is recommended, however, that participatory on-farm research should be carried out on how to increase the contribution of termites towards soil management and to reduce the harmful effects.
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