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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2014, Article ID 371895, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/371895
Research Article

Assessing the Influence of Summer Organic Fertilization Combined with Nitrogen Inhibitor on a Short Rotation Woody Crop in Mediterranean Environment

1National Research Centre for Agriculture, Research Center for the Soil-Plant System (CRA-RPS), Via della Navicella 2-4, 00184 Roma, Italy
2National Research Council, Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET-CNR), Via Caproni 8, 50145 Firenze, Italy
3National Research Centre for Agriculture, Research Unit for Intensive Wood Production, Via Valle della Quistione 27, 00166 Roma, Italy

Received 20 January 2014; Revised 25 March 2014; Accepted 25 March 2014; Published 15 April 2014

Academic Editor: Piermaria Corona

Copyright © 2014 Anita Maienza 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.

Abstract

The European Union Directive 91/676/EEC, known as Nitrates Directive, has dictated basic agronomic principles regarding the use of animal manure source as well as livestock and waste waters from small food companies. The use of nitrification inhibitors together with animal effluents as organic fertilizers could be beneficial for nutrient recycling, plant productivity, and greenhouse gas emission and could offer economic advantages as alternative to conventional fertilizers especially in the Mediterranean region. The aim of the present study was to investigate differences in plant productivity between bovine effluent treatments with (or without) addition of a nitrification inhibitor (3,4 DMPP) in a short rotation woody crop system. Results of the field experiment carried out in a Mediterranean dry environment indicated that the proposed strategy could improve tree growth with indirect, beneficial effects for agroforestry systems.