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Reference: Species‐dependent effect of cover cropping on trace elements and nutrients in vineyard soil and Vitis
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The research focused on the evaluation of the impact of cover cropping on trace metals (Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Pb, Co and Cd) and nutrients in vineyard soils and Vitis vinifera L. For this purpose, two types of cover crops (Lolium perenne L. and Medicago sativa L.) and their mixture were planted between vine rows of Muscat white in the vineyard in South Crimea. Trace elements, nutrients and other parameters were analyzed in the soil layers, leaves and grapevines of control and cover cropped plots.
The effect of cover cropping was dependent on applied plant species. Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) seems to compete with V. vinifera L. for nutrients – these were lower in the soil and vines of the treated plot. In parallel, Pb bioconcentration in grapevines was reduced. In contrast, under lucerne (Medicago sativa L.), nitrogen in the soil and vines, and trace metal bioconcentration (Fe, Pb and Co) were higher.
Our results indicate that cover cropping can influence the chemical composition of soil and vines. This should be considered when selecting cover crops.

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Published: 2019
Publication: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Issue: 2019 Online September 2019
Author: Vystavna Y 2019


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