Short Communication

Soil nutrient status under different vegetation cover classes of Desa’a a dry Afromontane forest in Northern Ethiopia

Abraham Mahari1*, Kidane Giday2, Temesgen Gashaw3

Abstract

This study was conducted in Desa’a a dry Afromontane forest in Northern Ethiopia. The objective of this study was to evaluate the soil nutrient status under different vegetation cover classes. Soil samples were collected from three vegetation cover classes: open (35%), medium (55%), and dense (70%). As a result, pH and BD were significantly higher (p < 0.001) under the open vegetation cover class while soil TN, OM and CEC were significantly higher (p < 0.001) under the medium and the dense vegetation cover classes. All these differences were likely due to the addition of fallen leaves from the upper vegetation cover to the underneath soil which resulted in higher organic matter content in soil. No significant differences (p = 0.799) were found for Av.P at the three vegetation cover classes. Generally, the open vegetation cover class is mainly influenced by anthropogenic activities resulting poor vegetation growth and vitality are being observed..

Key words: Soil nutrient, soil chemical properties, soil physical properties, vegetation cover.

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