A comparison of soil tests for available phosphorus in long-term field experiments in Europe

Fien Amery, Sophie Nawara, Toon Van Dael, Roel Merckx, Annemie Elsen, Wendy Odeurs, Hilde Vandendriessche, Steve McGrath, Christian Roisin, C Jouany, Sylvain Pellerin, P Denoroy, Bettina Eichler-Löbermann, G Börjesson, Peter Goos, W Akkermans, Erik Smolders

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    Most soil tests for available phosphorus (P) perform rather poorly in predicting crop response. This study was set up to compare different established soil tests in their capacity to predict crop response across contrasting types of soil. Soil samples from long-term field experiments, the oldest >100 years old, were collected in five European countries. The total number of soil samples (n =218), which differed in cropping and P treatment, and originated from 11 different soil types, were analysed with five tests: ammonium oxalate (Ox), ammonium lactate (AL), Olsen P, 0.01 m CaCl2 and the diffusive gradient in thin film (DGT). The first three tests denote available P quantity (Q), whereas the last two indicate P intensity (I) of the soil solution. All five tests were positively related to the crop yield data (n =317). The Q-tests generally outperformed I-tests when evaluated with goodness of fit in Mitscherlich models, but critical P values of the I-tests varied the least among different types of soil. No test was clearly superior to the others, except for the oxalate extraction, which was generally poor. The combination of Q- and I-tests performed slightly better for predicting crop yield than any single soil P test. This Q+I analysis explains why recent successes with I-tests (e.g. DGT) were found for soils with larger P sorption than for those in the present study. This systematic evaluation of soil tests using a unique compilation of established field trials provides critical soil P values that are valid across Europe.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Soil Science
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2017


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