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Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science
Year : 2005, Volume : 53, Issue : 3
First page : ( 319) Last page : ( 323)
Print ISSN : 0019-638X.

Sorption and desorption of zinc as influenced by liming in some acid soils of Meghalaya

Venkatesh M.S.1,*, Kumar Kailash, Majumdar B.,  Patiram

Division of Soil Science, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umroi Road, Umiam, Meghalaya, 793103

*Corresponding authour: (E-mail: msvb2003@yahoo.co.in)

1Present address: Division of Crop Production, Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kalyanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208024

Received:  November,  2003; Accepted:  July,  2005.


The effect of liming on adsorption-desorption behaviour of Zn was studied in two Alfisols and one Entisol of Meghalaya. Adsorption of Zn significantly increased with different levels of Zn and lime. Entisol recorded more Zn adsorption than Alfisols. Lime application @ 0.5 LR and above resulted in more than 97% of Zn adsorption, as compared to 38–70% (Alfisols) and 89–92% (Entisol), under un-limed condition. Soil pH, organic carbon and amorphous Fe contents were significantly and positively correlated with Zn adsorption. Supply parameter (SP) of Zn increased with Zn levels in all the soils and maximum SP was noticed at 10 μg mL−1 added Zn. All the levels of lime decreased SP except the 0.25 LR level in Alfisols. Desorption of Zn also decreased with liming and Alfisols recorded more desorption than Entisol. Supply parameter (SP) and desorption showed significant and negative correlation with soil pH.


Key words

Zinc, sorption, desorption, acid soil, liming.


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