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  • Adv Crop Sci Tech 2015, Vol 3(2): 169
  • DOI: 10.4172/2329-8863.1000169

Phosphorus Sorption Characteristics and External Phosphorus Requirement of Bulle and Wonago Woreda, Southern Ethiopia

Zinabu Wolde1*, Wassie Haile2 and Dhyna Singh2
1Graduate student of Soil Science, Hawassa University, P. O. Box 05, Hawassa, Ethiopia
2Gedeo Zone Agricultural Office, Gedeo Zone, P. O. Box 128, Dilla, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author : Zinabu Wolde, Graduate student of Soil Science, Hawassa University, P. O. Box 05 Hawassa, Ethiopia, Tel: 213 34 21 47 62, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jan 23, 2015 / Accepted Date: Apr 27, 2015 / Published Date: Apr 29, 2015


Determination of the P-sorption characteristics of soils is important for economic fertilizer application and to recommend appropriate management strategies for high P-fixing soils. Thus, the objectives of this study were to evaluate P-sorption characteristics of soils occurring in some areas of southern Ethiopia and identify factors contributing to P sorption. Composite surface (0-20 cm) soil samples from 6 sites of two locations were collected. The results revealed that the P-sorption data were fitted well with both Langmuir and Freundlich models with r2 values of 0.99. But later model was found to better in describing P-sorption data than the former model. The adsorption maxima (Xm) and distribution coefficient (Kf) values of soils ranged from 909-2000 mg PKg-1 and 245-487 mg PKg-1 based on Langmuir and Freundlich models respectively. The corresponding SPR values ranged between 57-196 mg P kg-1 and 71.8-211 mg P kg-1 based on Langmuir and Freundlich models respectively. Bonding energy constant (K) of Langmuir model and Freundlich constant (b) ranged from 0.15-1.4 and 0.54-0.66 Lmg-1 respectively. The bonding energy constant (K) of Langmuir model was found to be more valuable than Xm in discriminating the study soils as high and low P sorbing soils. Based on both models soils of Bulle had SPR values >150 mg PKg-1 and then were classified as high P-fixing soils while soils of Wonago had SPR values <150 mgPKg-1 were classified as low P-fixing. The result of path analysis revealed that exchangeable Al and Clay had direct effect on P-sorption parameters of both models. It is concluded that P-sorption models can effectively be used to discriminate soils based on P-fixation ability. However, validation of both models through real time experiments in greenhouse and field is recommended before the models used for large scale.

Keywords: P-Sorption/Fixation; Standard P requirement (EPR); Exchangeable Al; Fe; Langmuir model; Freunlich model

Citation: Wolde Z, Haile W, Singh D (2015) Phosphorus Sorption Characteristics    and External Phosphorus Requirement of Bulle and Wonago Woreda, Southern    Ethiopia. Adv Crop Sci Tech 3:169. Doi: 10.4172/2329-8863.1000169

Copyright: © 2015 Wolde Z, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under    the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted    use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and    source are credited.

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