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See detailSuitability of the soil map and legacy data in Wallonia (Belgium) to support the GlobalSoilMap initiative
Legrain, Xavier ULg; Bock, Laurent ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg

in Arrouays, Dominique; McKenzie, Neil; Hempel, Jon (Eds.) et al GlobalSoilMap - Basis of the global spatial soil information system (2013, October 07)

Belgium is covered with large-scale soil map and high density of historical profiles, now available in a numerical format. This papier first gives an overview of the soil properties which can be predicted ... [more ▼]

Belgium is covered with large-scale soil map and high density of historical profiles, now available in a numerical format. This papier first gives an overview of the soil properties which can be predicted from these documents, in combination with the legacy data, and of the uncertainty we can expect for now. The great potential of the soil map is highlighted, as well as its complexity. Example of the soil depth to rock points out the need of a thorough understanding of the soil map in order (i) to interpret correctly the information hidden behind each symbols or emerging from their combination and (ii) to take into account the sub-regional features. Expert knowledge seems essential, associated with historical and new hard data, in order to build a rich and confident map which respects the recommendations of the GlobalSoilMap.net project. [less ▲]

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See detailAssigned value determination on soil materials throughout the whole analytical field introducing bias correction from reference materials
Planchon, Viviane; Renneson, Malorie ULg; Goffaux, Marie-Julie et al

Poster (2013, September)

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See detailHow can long-term experimental plots can help us to understand the sustainability of different phosphorus inputs ?
Renneson, Malorie ULg; Dufey, Joseph; Roisin, Christian et al

Poster (2013, September)

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See detailPhosphorus availability in agricultural soils of Wallonia (Belgium) - A modeling approach
Cobert, Florian ULg; Pourret, Olivier; Renneson, Malorie ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

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See detailDescription of a new procedure to estimate the carbon stocks of all forest pools and impact assessment of methodological choices on the estimates
Latte, Nicolas ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg et al

in European Journal of Forest Research (2013), 132

Forest ecosystems play a major role in atmospheric carbon sequestration and emission. Comparable organic carbon stock estimates at temporal and spatial scales for all forest pools are needed for ... [more ▼]

Forest ecosystems play a major role in atmospheric carbon sequestration and emission. Comparable organic carbon stock estimates at temporal and spatial scales for all forest pools are needed for scientific investigations and political purposes. Therefore, we developed a new carbon stock (CS) estimation procedure that combines forest inventory and soil and litter geodatabases at a regional scale (southern Belgium). This procedure can be implemented in other regions and countries on condition that available external carbon soil and litter data can be linked to forest inventory plots. The presented procedure includes a specific CS estimation method for each of the following forest pools and subpools (in brackets): living biomass (aboveground and belowground), deadwood (dead trees and snags, coarse woody debris and stumps), litter, and soil. The total CS of the forest was estimated at 86 Tg (185 Mg ha-1). Soil up to 0.2 m depth, living biomass, litter, and deadwood CSs account, respectively, for 48, 47, 4, and 1 % of the total CS. The analysis of the CS variation within the pools across ecoregions and forest types revealed in particular that: (1) the living biomass CS of broadleaved forests exceeds that of coniferous forests, (2) the soil and litter CSs of coniferous forest exceed those of broadleaved forests, and (3) beech stands come at the top in carbon stocking capacity. Because our estimates differ sometimes significantly from the previous studies, we compared different methods and their impacts on the estimates. We demonstrated that estimates may vary highly, from -16 to ?12 %, depending on the selected methods. Methodological choices are thus essential especially for estimating CO2 fluxes by the stock change approach. The sources of error and the accuracy of the estimates were discussed extensively. [less ▲]

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See detailEstablishing Reference Systems on Soil Quality: Example of the “ReQuaSud” Laboratory Network in Wallonia – Belgium
Colinet, Gilles ULg; Renneson, Malorie ULg; Genot, Valérie ULg et al

Conference (2013, May 24)

Soil quality is a central concern regarding sustainable multifunctionnality of cultivated and natural territories : food and non-food biomass production, environmental and ecosystemic services… Quality ... [more ▼]

Soil quality is a central concern regarding sustainable multifunctionnality of cultivated and natural territories : food and non-food biomass production, environmental and ecosystemic services… Quality indicators and reference levels are needed in order to evaluate the state of the soil resources from a given land, for land-use planning or and to detect any temporal evolution. Our department has been involved for years in the implementation of substantial databases about soil quality in the Walloon region. The communication aims at sharing our experience in the establishment of soil evaluation references and tools, geographic databases, time monitoring, analysis networking, applied to the questions of soil fertility and soil contaminations. The Requasud network is a regional initiative aiming at harmonizing the methods for soil sampling, analysis, and interpretation. We will present how 20 years of applied research led to the sound implementation of a dataset of more than 200,000 samples in cultivated fields all across Wallonia, and where are the remaining questions and needs for future research. Discussions should then focus to comparisons with the situations encountered by the participants to the Workshop. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of soil properties under four vegetation units from six metalliferous hills in Katanga
Kaya Muyumba, Donato ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Ngongo Luhembwe, Michel et al

Conference (2013, April 12)

In Katanga (Democratic Republic of Congo), numerous metalliferous hills are distributed along what is called the copperhill belt from Kolwezi to Lubumbashi. Very specific vegetation developed on these ... [more ▼]

In Katanga (Democratic Republic of Congo), numerous metalliferous hills are distributed along what is called the copperhill belt from Kolwezi to Lubumbashi. Very specific vegetation developed on these hills within the miombo forest in response to very specific soil conditions, among which the copper content. Previous studies have already shown the existence of gradients of copper from the mineralized rocks outcropping at the top of the hills to the foot slopes on colluviums. After a characterization of the vertical variability of soil properties in pits distributed along the main slopes, we investigated the soil-vegetation relationships in six hills located between the towns of Tenke and Fungurume. Observation 1-square meter plots were installed in four vegetation units and sixty of them were selected according to their relative importance on the six hills. The soil from the top 10cm was sampled and analyzed for pH, Total Organic Carbon, available P, K, Mg, Ca, Cu, Co and Mn and soluble Cu and Co. Analysis of variance was performed in order to assess whether the effects of the “Hill” and of the “Vegetation Unit” were significant to explain soil chemical variability. Additionally, short transects were sampled at the boundaries from adjacent vegetation units in order to evaluate the gradual or rough nature of change in soil properties under these units. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges of soil structure and earthworm community under different agricultural management
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Alabi, Taofic; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2013, April 11)

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See detailMise en oeuvre de la révision du Programme d'action lié à la Directive Nitrates
Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Destain, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Vandenberghe, Christophe; Colinet, Gilles; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) et al 2ème Atelier Nitrate - Eau Evaluation du Programme de Gestion Durable de l'Azote (2013)

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See detailRelationships between the P status of surface and deep horizons of agricultural soils under various cropping systems and for different soil types: a case study in Belgium
Renneson, Malorie ULg; Dufey, J.; Legrain, Xavier ULg et al

in Soil Use and Management (2013), 29(S1), 103--113

Application of phosphorus (P) fertilizers to agricultural soils should be based on sound knowledge about soil P reserves, availability and lability to optimize conditions for plant uptake while limiting P ... [more ▼]

Application of phosphorus (P) fertilizers to agricultural soils should be based on sound knowledge about soil P reserves, availability and lability to optimize conditions for plant uptake while limiting P transport to surface waters. This study investigated relationships between parent material (PM), land use and P fractions in agricultural soils at a regional scale. Surface and deep (100–120 cm) soil samples were collected from 120 agricultural sites (240 total samples) and analysed for three P forms (inorganic, organic and available) as well as for additional key properties. Land uses within the study area were continuous cropland, permanent pasture and temporary grassland. The area covered the 12 most common parent types in Wallonia. Mean total P contents were 904 and 401 mg/kg in surface and deep samples, respectively, with a 33% coefficient of variation for both horizons. The organic P fraction represented, on average, 30% of total P, while available P corresponded to 9% of total P. The influence of PM was apparent in both the surface and deep soil samples, while land use influenced only surface properties. The pattern in total P content relative to land use was pasture ≥ cropland ≥ temporary grassland. Correlation analyses highlighted significant relationships between edaphic parameters viz Alox, Feox, CEC, TOC, pH and P content, the main soil parameter being Alox which determines P sorption capacity. An enrichment factor was used to distinguish between geogenic sources and human activities in terms of topsoil P content. [less ▲]

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See detail2. Implantation des cultures
Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Pierreux, Jérome ULg; Dufranne, Delphine et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detailPropriétés et diagnostic de l'état agropédologique du sol de la série Yakonde après fragmentation de la forêt à Yangambi, R.D. Congo
Alongo Longomba, S; Visser, M; Kombele Bishosha, F et al

in Annales des Instituts Supérieurs d’Etudes Agronomiques de Bengamisa (2013), 5

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See detailEffets de la fragmentation des forêts par l'agriculture itinérante sur la dégradation de quelques propriétés physiques d'un ferralso échantillonné à Yangambi, R.D. Congo
Alongo, Sylvain; Visser, Marjolein; Drouet, Thomas et al

in Tropicultura (2013), 31(1), 36-43

The knowledge of changes occurring in the soil cover at the forest edge is needed to better understand the impact of forest fragmentation on soil parameters. The objective of this study is to evaluate the ... [more ▼]

The knowledge of changes occurring in the soil cover at the forest edge is needed to better understand the impact of forest fragmentation on soil parameters. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of forest fragmentation caused by shifting agriculture on texture, bulk density, total porosity and soil hydraulic conductivity in the layers at 0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 cm depth by the transect method in a perspective of sustainable land management in the region of Yangambi. The results obtained show that the edge between the fallow grassland and dense forest has a width of 70 m. Degradation of all the physical properties of soils relative to the dense forest is very significant (p<0.01) for the studied layers. Fragmentation of forests by shifting cultivation increases the phenomenon of selective loss of clays of the surface soil layers and consequently increases its bulk density and decreases the permeability and porosity with depth under the fallow grass and edge. The texture data associated with textural classes in the FAO textural triangle indicate a change in texture of the soil under different land uses for the tree layers studied. [less ▲]

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See detailCartographie du risque d’érosion hydrique à l’échelle parcellaire en soutien à la politique agricole wallonne (Belgique)
Maugnard, Alexandre; Bielders, Charles; Bock, Laurent ULg et al

in Étude et Gestion des Sols (2013), 20(2), 127-141

L’érosion hydrique des sols pose le problème de la protection de la ressource « sol » mais également de la prévention des impacts environnementaux et sociétaux qui y sont associés tels que la dégradation ... [more ▼]

L’érosion hydrique des sols pose le problème de la protection de la ressource « sol » mais également de la prévention des impacts environnementaux et sociétaux qui y sont associés tels que la dégradation de la qualité des eaux de surface, l’envasement des retenues d’eau et des bassins d’orage ou encore les inondations boueuses. Afin de cibler au mieux les mesures de lutte anti-érosives, il convient d’identifier les parcelles agricoles les plus à risque d’érosion. Mettant à profit la disponibilité d’importantes bases de données en matière de climat, sol, topographie, parcellaire et occupation du sol, une procédure automatisée de calcul de l’aléa érosion hydrique potentielle à l’échelle parcellaire, adaptée du modèle RUSLE, a été mise au point pour la Wallonie (Belgique). La carte de l’aléa érosion potentielle montre une sensibilité maximale à l’érosion hydrique en Ardenne et Haute-ardenne, en raison du relief accentué et d’une érosivité plus importante des pluies. Pour les principales zones agro-pédologiques de Wallonie, un suivi des principales cultures (céréales d’hiver, mais, betterave, pomme de terre, colza, lin) a également été réalisé, permettant d’estimer le facteur cultural C des principales successions culturales et ainsi l’érosion effective. La prise en compte de l’occupation du sol fait cette fois ressortir un aléa maximal dans les régions (sablo-)limoneuses et le Condroz, en raison des superficies importantes de grandes cultures industrielles. En Ardenne et Haute Ardenne, l’aléa d’érosion effective est faible en raison d’une couverture végétale dominée par les prairies permanentes. Enfin, sur base de la carte numériques des sols de Wallonie, une classification de la vulnérabilité des sols à l’érosion a été établie à partir du volume de sol pouvant être exploité par les racines. La vulnérabilité apparaît élevée sur une majorité du territoire wallon, à l’exception des Régions (sablo-)limoneuses et de la Région jurassique. Un indice d’érosion, calculé comme le rapport de l’érosion potentielle (aléa) sur l’érosion tolérable (vulnérabilité) permet de calculer le risque d’érosion hydrique et, par conséquent, de cibler au mieux les parcelles pour lesquelles l’érosion constitue une menace majeure pour leur valorisation durable. Une gestion appropriée de ces parcelles par un choix judicieux en termes d’occupation du sol (forêt, prairie, rotations culturales) et de pratiques culturales (p.ex., TCSL, inter-cultures) devrait permettre d’y réduire les risques de dégradation des sols par érosion hydrique. [less ▲]

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