Subsoil acidity determines survival of lucerne on a highly acidic soil

Guangdi Li, Mark Conyers, Richard Lowrie, Graeme Poile

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Lucerne (Medicago sativa) is one of most productive pe-rennial species in southern Australia. However, productivity is severely restricted under acid soils (Irwin et al. 2001). Fenton et al. (1996) reported that lucerne per-forms poorly if soil pH was below 5 and exchangeable aluminium was over 5%. It is estimated that there are 24 m ha of acidic subsoil in southern Australia (Dolling et al. 2001). A long-term liming experiment, 1992 to 2010, aimed to ameliorate subsoil acidity via a vigorous liming program (Li et al. 2001). This paper reports survival of lu-cerne during the 3rd cycle of the experiment from 2004 to 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event22nd International Grasslands Congress - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 15 Sept 201319 Sept 2013 (Conference proceedings)


Conference22nd International Grasslands Congress
Abbreviated titleRevitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities
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