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CESAM aims to reduce soil erosion after forest fires

CESAM aims to reduce soil erosion after forest fires

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01/08/13
The substantial reduction of the erosion level of forest soils after the occurrence of a fire is the primary goal of mulching, a technique that is being studied in Portugal for the first time by a research team of the University of Aveiro.
The innovative method that the UA, through CESAM researchers, wants to introduce in Portugal, is the distribution of a layer of crushed forest residues (mulch) in the soils consumed by fire. Initially mulch reduces soil loss and subsequently, through its own decomposition, is incorporated in the forest ecosystem.

News on website Ciência Hoje: http://www.cienciahoje.pt/index.php?oid=58234&op=all
News on UA on-line: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=35275

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