Composting Increases BRIS Soil Health and Sustains Rice Production on BRIS Soil

Che Lah, Mohd Khairi and Nordin, Mohd Nozulaidi and Md Isa, Musliania and Khanif, Y.M. and Jahan , Md Sarwar (2011) Composting Increases BRIS Soil Health and Sustains Rice Production on BRIS Soil. ScienceAsia, 37 (4). p. 291. ISSN 1513-1874

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Beach Ridges Interspersed with Swales (BRIS) soil (>90% of sand) is not suitable for rice production due to low physical and chemical properties. In this study, we investigated the effects of compost on BRIS soil health in relation to rice production. We measured rice yield, yield parameters, chlorophyll content, relative water content (RWC) and soil pH. Tiller and panicle numbers, filled grains per panicle, rice yield and straw yields were significantly lower in BRIS soil condition than that of a mixture of compost and BRIS soil. On the other hand, plant heights, 1000 seeds weight and unfilled grains per panicle were not significantly different. The addition of compost to BRIS soil significantly increased chlorophyll content but did not affect RWC of leaves. The pH of BRIS soil was significantly increased by the application of compost which indicates an increase of BRIS soil health. These results suggest that addition of compost to BRIS soil might improve BRIS soil health and increase rice yield.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Bioresources & Food Industry
Depositing User: Dr. Md Sarwar Jahan
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 08:13
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:13

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