International Sugar Journal

Labile C as an indicator of the impact of trash removal on soil health in the sugarcane production system* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         The use of sugarcane harvest residues (trash) for alternative uses such as energy cogeneration or second-generation ethanol production has generated uncertainty about the impact of the removal of waste on soil health.  In order to study the impact of this practice in the long term, an experiment was established in 1999 at the CENICAÑA experimental station in Colombia.  Ten years after the experiment was initiated, organic matter was assessed as a possible indicator of the impact of different trash management options.  However, as it was difficult to detect significant changes in its concentration, it was decided to investigate labile…

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