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Variation in soil carbon stock and nutrient content in sand dunes after afforestation by Prosopis juliflora in the Khuzestan province (Iran)

Mostafa Moradi (1)   , Fatemeh Imani (1), Hamid Reza Naji (2), Sareh Moradi Behbahani (1), Mohammad Taghi Ahmadi (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 585-589 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2137-010
Published: May 08, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

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Prosopis juliflora is one of the suitable tree species used as vegetation cover for sand dunes fixation. The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of P. juliflora afforestation and its canopy coverage classes on soil carbon (C) stock and nutrient status in sand dunes after 22 years since afforestation. We hypothesized that increasing the canopy coverage would result in higher soil C stocks and nutrient content. We selected two 10-ha afforested sand dunes with 25-50% and more than 75% canopy coverage, respectively, and a 10-ha non-afforested dune (control). At each site, 15 soil samples were taken at two depths (0-5 cm and 5-50 cm). The results indicated a strong increase in the topsoil C stock (from 0.54 to 4.49 tC ha-1 in control and afforested sites, respectively), while a lower change in subsoil C stock was detected (3.0 and 4.6 tC ha-1 in control and afforested sites, respectively). Although, different canopy classes resulted in no significant differences in soil C stock, significant differences were observed for all the soil physico-chemical properties that were studied.


Canopy Coverage, Carbon Stock, Soil Physico-chemical, C/N Ratio

Authors’ address

Mostafa Moradi
Fatemeh Imani
Sareh Moradi Behbahani
Mohammad Taghi Ahmadi
Department of forestry, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Behbahan Khatam Al-Anbia University of Technology (Iran)
Hamid Reza Naji
Department of Forest Sciences, University of Ilam, Ilam (Iran)

Corresponding author

Mostafa Moradi


Moradi M, Imani F, Naji HR, Moradi Behbahani S, Ahmadi MT (2017). Variation in soil carbon stock and nutrient content in sand dunes after afforestation by Prosopis juliflora in the Khuzestan province (Iran). iForest 10: 585-589. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2137-010

Academic Editor

Giorgio Alberti

Paper history

Received: Jun 15, 2016
Accepted: Feb 13, 2017

First online: May 08, 2017
Publication Date: Jun 30, 2017
Publication Time: 2.80 months

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