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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 646502, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/646502
Research Article

Soil Quality Assessment Strategies for Evaluating Soil Degradation in Northern Ethiopia

1College of Agriculture, Aksum University-Shire Campus, 314 Shire, Ethiopia
2Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Walter-Flex Street No. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Received 28 June 2013; Revised 17 November 2013; Accepted 22 November 2013; Published 4 February 2014

Academic Editor: William Horwath

Copyright © 2014 Gebreyesus Brhane Tesfahunegn. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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