Effects of biosolids application on pasture and grape vines in south-eastern Australia

Nash, David, Butler, Craig, Cody, Justine, Warne, Michael St. J., McLaughlin, Mike J., Heemsbergen, Dianne, Broos, Kris, Bell, Mike, Barry, Glenn, Pritchard, Deb and Penny, Nancy (2011) Effects of biosolids application on pasture and grape vines in south-eastern Australia. Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2011 : 1-11.


Author Nash, David
Butler, Craig
Cody, Justine
Warne, Michael St. J.
McLaughlin, Mike J.
Heemsbergen, Dianne
Broos, Kris
Bell, Mike
Barry, Glenn
Pritchard, Deb
Penny, Nancy
Title Effects of biosolids application on pasture and grape vines in south-eastern Australia
Journal name Applied and Environmental Soil Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1687-7667
1687-7675
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1155/2011/342916
Volume 2011
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Editor Robert Edwin White
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Biosolids were applied to a pasture and a vineyard in south-eastern Australia. At both sites, soil Cd, Cu, and Zn concentrations linearly increased with biosolids application rates although not to the extent of exceeding soil quality guidelines. Biosolids marginally increased soil C and N concentrations at the pasture site but significantly increased P concentrations. With lower overall soil fertility at the vineyard, biosolids increased C, N, and P concentrations. At neither site did biosolids application affect soil microbial endpoints. Biosolids increased pasture production compared to the unfertilised control but had little effect on grape production or quality. Interestingly, over the 3-year trial, there was no difference in pasture production between the biosolids treated plots and plots receiving inorganic fertiliser. These results suggest that biosolids could be used as a fertiliser to stimulate pasture production and as a soil conditioner to improve vineyard soils in this region.
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