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Effectiveness of Sedum Plant to Control Soil Erosion from an Acid Soil

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  072110.(doi:10.13031/2013.23227)
Authors:   Andry Henintsoa , Yamamoto Tahei , Rasiah Velu , Inoue Mitsuhiro
Keywords:   Acid soil, Sedum plant, Aggregate size distribution, Drip type rainfall simulator, Soil erosion,

There are over 350 different species of sedum, most of which can tolerate harsh conditions, including very cold to hot temperatures and dry conditions, and they tend to grow in poor and stony soil. Sedums are used in rock gardens and flower borders, and for greening the top floor of buildings, cottages, and thatched roofs. In this study, Sedum sediforme (Rupestria group) was tested as surface cover on acid soil taken from mountain cuts in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan. Simulated soil erosion under sedum cover in 50 cm x 30 cm x 5 cm soil plots was carried out at Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan to determine the effectiveness of this sedum as surface cover to control erosion.

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