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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5808945, 16 pages
Research Article

Interaction between Soil Physicochemical Parameters and Earthworm Communities in Irrigated Areas with Natural Water and Wastewaters

1Agronomic Sciences Department, Veterinary Sciences and Agronomic Sciences Institute, Batna 1 University, 05000 Batna, Algeria
2Ecology and Environment Department, Faculty of Life and Natural Science, Batna 2 University, Fisdis, Batna, Algeria
3Biology Departement, Université Larbi Ben M’hidi Oum El Bouaghi, 04000 Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria
4Institut National de l’Alimentation, Université des Frères Mentouri de Constantine 1, Constantine, Algeria

Correspondence should be addressed to Kourtel Ghanem Nadra

Received 6 March 2017; Revised 14 June 2017; Accepted 31 July 2017; Published 11 October 2017

Academic Editor: Marco Trevisan

Copyright © 2017 Kourtel Ghanem Nadra et al. 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.


Our objective is to study interaction between physical and chemical properties of soils and their earthworm community characteristics in different areas irrigated by wastewaters and well waters. The fields have different topography and agricultural practices conditions and are located in two regions of Batna department (Eastern Algeria). Both regions are characterized by a semiarid climate with cold winters and Calcisol soils. Nine fields were subject of this study. Three of these fields are located in Ouled Si Slimane region whose irrigation is effectuated by natural waters of Kochbi effluent. The other six fields are located at edges of Wed El Gourzi, effluent from Batna city, and partially treated through water treatment station. The best rates of water saturation and infiltration as well as abundance of earthworms were recorded at sites characterized by irrigation with wastewaters downstream of El Gourzi effluent. PCA characterizes two major groups: a group of hydrodynamic infiltration parameters and structural index stability of soil, explained by fields irrigated with wastewaters downstream of El Gourzi effluent. This group includes chemical characteristics: pH and electric conductivity. The second group is the characteristics of earthworms and includes organic matter content, active limestone levels, and Shannon Biodiversity Index.