New study: "Effects of topsoil treatments on afforestation in a dry Mediterranean climate"

16/11/2016 - 00:00

The following report summarises the results of a study conducted by University of Málaga, Spain in which the effects of five types of soil amendments on the afforestation success (e.g. plant growth and survival rate) of a Mediterranean semi-arid area were assessed.

The amendments tested were straw mulch, mulch containing chipped branches of Aleppo pine, sheep manure compost, sewage sludge from a wastewater treatment plant and TerraCottem Universal. This research confirms the positive effect of the TerraCottem soil conditioning technology on plant growth.

Paloma received the 2016 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award for her poster based upon this research.

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