Variations in Soil Chemical Properties, Bacteria and Fungi  Populations Along Slope Positions and Profile Depths in Terraced and Non-terraced Lands of Rwanda highlands

DOI: 10.18805/ag.D-149    | Article Id: D-149 | Page : 215-219
Citation :- Variations in Soil Chemical Properties, Bacteria and Fungi Populations Along Slope Positions and Profile Depths in Terraced and Non-terraced Lands of Rwanda highlands.Agricultural Science Digest.2019.(39):215-219
A. Fashaho, G.M. Ndegwa, J.J. Lelei, A.O. Musandu and S.M. Mwonga
Address :
Department of Crop Science, University of Rwanda, P.O. Box 210, Musanze, Rwanda
Submitted Date : 16-04-2019
Accepted Date : 30-05-2019


The objective of the current study was to evaluate effect of terracing on soil chemical and biological properties in the Rwanda highlands. The study was done in March 2017. Composite soil samples were collected from the top, middle and bottom slopes of four-year-terraced and non-terraced lands, in three profile depths, in medium and high altitudes. Results showed that, levels of organic carbon (1.3, 1.04%) were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in non-terraced than terraced land, and populations of bacteria (3.59, 2.61 CFU*106g-1) and fungi (2.51, 1.57 CFU*104g-1) were significantly higher in terraced than non-terraced land, in the medium altitude, with no significant differences observed in the high altitude. Soil pH, total N, available P, CEC, exchangeable K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+ levels in terraced and non-terraced lands were not significantly different in both altitudes. Thus, soil characteristics and fertility of the study areas showed slight changes after four years of terracing.


Cation exchange capacity Exchangeable bases Nitrogen Organic carbon Phosphorus


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