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Soil solarization: a sustainable method

Code: 9781838794361
Baruch Rubin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; and Abraham Gamliel, The Volcani Center, Israel

Chapter synopsis: Solar heating of soils, better known as soil solarization, involves heating moist and mulched soil (with a transparent polyethylene film) for several weeks. Its advantages include its non-chemical nature and its effective use in a wide range of agricultural areas worldwide. This chapter reviews the use of solarization in sustainable weed management. We cover its mode of action, its effects on weeds, soil nutrients and pesticides, and the benefits and limitations of this strategy. The plastic mulching technology required for solarization is also discussed.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0025.17
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Solarization: mode of action, effect on weeds, benefits and limitations 3 Plastic mulching technologies 4 Effects of solarization on soil nutrients and pesticides 5 Solarization and integrated pest management 6 Recent applications of organic amendments and solarization in weed control 7 Concluding remarks 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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