Temporal changes of selected physico-chemical properties of tropical peat under managed oil palm plantation

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Zulhilmy Abdullah, Nur Azima and Lulie Melling
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
tropical peatland, oil palm plantation, temporal changes



Tropical peatland has been developed widely in Southeast Asia for agricultural plantation especially for oil palm. This is to meet the food and energy sources demand as world population is increasing over time. However, development of peatland with emphasis on monocultures has led to changes in physicochemical properties of peat soil and less attention has been paid to the changes of peat matrix especially on nutrient cycling. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the temporal changes of physicochemical properties of peat soil after oil palm plantation has been established over seven years and is in a more stabilised condition. The peat soil was collected from matured oil palm plot with the palms age of about 7 years old at the...