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Abstract            Volume:10  Issue-3  Year-2022         Original Research Articles

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A Review on the Potential Effects of Lime and Vermicompost on Soil Properties and Crop Production Improvements on Highly Acidic Soils
Getachew mulatu Uta*
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; Jimma Agricultural Research Center P.O Box 192, Jimma, Ethiopia
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Soil is an important natural resource, providing a wide range of food, feed, fiber and timber production, as well as through earth system functions that support the delivery of other ecosystem services. The suitability of the soil for those productions is based on the quality of the soil’s physical, chemical and biological properties. However, soil acidity significantly influences soil quality, soil properties its productivity. Acidic soils make elements such as aluminium more soluble and therefore toxic to plant roots; this limits plant growth by reducing capacity to absorb water and nutrients, in addition to greatly limiting biological activity and potentially exposing soils to a range of related physical degradation processes. It is associated with a decrease in the availability of nutrients (particularly phosphorus, calcium and magnesium) and an increase in the presence acidic cations (hydrogen H+), aluminum and iron. Lime is suggested to enhance soil health status through improving soil physic-chemical properties and neutralize the acid produced in the soil. In addition to this, it reduces Al+3 and Mn+2toxicity and increases both Phosphorous uptake in high Phosphorous fixing soil and plant rooting system. Organic fertilizer application also improve crop growth by supplying plant nutrients as well as improving soil physical, chemical, and biological properties. From various organic amendments, vermicompost is one of the stabilized, finely divided organic fertilizers with a low C:N ratio, high porosity, and high water-holding capacity, in which most nutrients are present in forms that are readily available for plants. Application of vermicompost showed marked improvements in the overall physical and biochemical properties, and at the same time, decreases exchangeable acidity which can support a release of plant nutrients in the acidic soils.

Keywords: soil, lime, vermicompost, acidity.
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Getachew mulatu Uta. 2022. A Review on the Potential Effects of Lime and Vermicompost on Soil Properties and Crop Production Improvements on Highly Acidic Soils.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 10(3): 58-66
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2022.1003.006
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