Studies on the Soil Atmosphere Composition Under Maize, Crass and Bare Fallow In Western Kenya

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1975
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Cooper P.J.M
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The importance of soil aeration has long been regarded as a factor affecting crop growth. and the subject has been extensively reviewed during the last 20 years (Russell 1952, Grable 1966, Greenwood 1970). Russell (1961) states that the oxygen demand of different crops varies and that amongst other crops, maize possibly requires a very good supply of oxygen for optimum growth. Other workers (Bartrand and Kohnke 1957, Grable and Siemer 1968, Lal and Taylor 1969, Giesler 1966) have since confirmed that oxygen deficiencies reduce the growth and final grain yield of maize.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 40 (3), p. 313-331