Investigation of Fire Effects on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Soil in Golandaz Dehbekri Rangeland

Document Type: Research and Full Length Article

Authors

1 Range Management, Islamic Azad University, Baft Branch

2 Islamic Azad University, Baft Branch

3 Islamic Azad University, Baft Branch.

4 Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Tehran Branch.

Abstract

Awareness of the effects of fire on various aspects of an ecosystem after the fire,
is important for range management. Changes in soil physical and chemical properties
caused by fire can be the cause of changes in the vegetation. In this study, effects of fire on
physical and chemical characteristics of soil were investigated. This research was carried
out in a randomized block design method in the Golandaz rangeland of Bam. The variables
in two treatment sites (with firing and without fire treatment) were organic carbon, nitrate,
phosphor, potassium, EC, pH, percentage of sand, silt and clay, and soil structure. The
results showed that absorbed potassium, silt, nitrate, organic carbon, EC, and pH are
increased in fired site comparing to control site. Other elements including clay content,
absorbed potassium, phosphorus, EC, and pH in fire site were not significantly different
from control site.

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