Effects of Cattle Manure Wood-Ash Compost on Some Chemical, Physical and Microbial Properties of Two Acid Tropical Soils

Authors

  • Blaise Pascal Bougnom
  • Aristide Molemb Nemete
  • Guy Faustin Mbassa
  • Pierre Effa Onomo
  • Francois-Xavier Etoa

Keywords:

Compost, Cattle Manure, Wood-Ash, Tropical Acid Soils, Soil Fertility

Abstract

A field study was conducted to assess the potential of cattle manure wood-ash compost in order to improve soil fertility and productivity in two areas in the centre region of Cameroon distant of 200 km. The farms were amended with four types of compost, C1 (100% cattle manure compost), C2 (95% cattle manure with 10% wood ash admixture), C3 (90% cattle manure compost and 10% wood ash admixture), and C4 (85% cattle manure compost and 15% wood ash admixture).  Soybean was the growing plant during the experiment which lasted three months. After the harvesting, physical, chemical, biological and plant parameters were evaluated. The compost significantly increased soil pH, Electrical conductivity, total organic carbon, total nitrogen, concentrations of Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, Na+, and total phosphorus. The composts also had a stimulatory effect on the total soil bacteria and fungi, cellulase and protease activities. Improvement soil physical, chemical and microbial parameters enhanced biomass production and yield. In summary, cattle manure wood-ash composts could be used for alleviating soil acidity and improve soil fertility of tropical acid soils. Future research is needed to address its sustainability in a long-term study.

Author Biographies

Blaise Pascal Bougnom

University of Yaoundé 1, P.O. Box 812 Yaounde, Cameroon

Aristide Molemb Nemete

University of Yaoundé 1, P.O. Box 812 Yaounde, Cameroon

Guy Faustin Mbassa

University of Yaoundé 1, P.O. Box 812 Yaounde, Cameroon

Pierre Effa Onomo

University of Yaoundé 1, P.O. Box 812 Yaounde, Cameroon

Francois-Xavier Etoa

University of Yaoundé 1, P.O. Box 812 Yaounde, Cameroon

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Published

2020-04-15

How to Cite

Blaise Pascal Bougnom, Aristide Molemb Nemete, Guy Faustin Mbassa, Pierre Effa Onomo, & Francois-Xavier Etoa. (2020). Effects of Cattle Manure Wood-Ash Compost on Some Chemical, Physical and Microbial Properties of Two Acid Tropical Soils. International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering (IJASRE), ISSN:2454-8006, 6(4), 74–82. Retrieved from https://ijasre.net/index.php/ijasre/article/view/948