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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(7): 2218-2224
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.607.260


Impact of Altitudes on Soil Characteristics in Dry Deciduous Forest Ecosystem, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu
N. Kanagaraj1*, R.K. Kaleeswari2 and M. Tilak3
1Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
2Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry,
3Agricultural Microbiology, Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

A study was carried out to investigate the impact of altitude in soil physical and chemical properties in dry deciduous forest of Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. Totally fifteen soil sample were collected from altitude of 416 m to 965 m. Soil physical and chemical properties such as pH, EC, Bulk density, organic carbon and water soluble carbon were studied with respect to altitude of the soil. The soil physio-chemical and biological properties of collected samples showed significant correlation with the elevation gradient. The results revealed that soil pH, organic carbon and water soluble carbon were positively correlated with altitude, it increases as altitude increases with the rate of correlation coefficient of 0.75, 0.92 and 0.87 respectively. Soil EC and bulk density had significant correlation with elevation, it decreases with the increase in altitude with the rate of correlation coefficient -0.97 and -0.82 respectively.


Keywords: Altitude, Dry deciduous forest, Soil pH, EC, Organic carbon.
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Kanagaraj, N., R.K. Kaleeswari and Tilak, M. 2017. Impact of Altitudes on Soil Characteristics in Dry Deciduous Forest Ecosystem, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(7): 2218-2224. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.607.260