Application of Low-Phosphorous Fertilizers on Tea Plantations as a Novel Best Management Practice
AbstractTaipei Feitsui Reservoir supplies drinking water to more than five million citizens in northern Taiwan. The Feitsui Reservoir Administration and Tea Research and Extension Station have implemented a new pollution control measure for the use of low-phosphorous (low-P) fertilizers to prevent eutrophication. In this study, we compared the quality of the soil, effluent and tea from two test fields. Low-P fertilizer was applied to one of the fields, and regular phosphorous fertilizer (regular-P) was applied to the other. The study period covered spring and winter seasons. The results showed that the investigated soil chemical properties were not influenced by either the low-P or regular-P fertilizers. The effluent quality was influenced by the precondition of the soil, which resulted in a larger average total phosphorous (TP) concentration in the low-P field. However, there was a decreasing trend in P concentration that amounted to approximately half of the average TP concentration in the regular-P field. The growth characteristics and yields were not significantly different between the two fields, but the taste and aroma of the tea from the low-P field was rated as superior to that of the regular-P field. View Full-Text
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Chen, C.-F.; Hu, C.-Y.; Liou, M.-L.; Wu, C.-C.; Su, Y.-S.; Liu, C.-J. Application of Low-Phosphorous Fertilizers on Tea Plantations as a Novel Best Management Practice. Sustainability 2014, 6, 6985-6997.
Chen C-F, Hu C-Y, Liou M-L, Wu C-C, Su Y-S, Liu C-J. Application of Low-Phosphorous Fertilizers on Tea Plantations as a Novel Best Management Practice. Sustainability. 2014; 6(10):6985-6997.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Chi-Feng; Hu, Chih-Yi; Liou, Ming-Lone; Wu, Chia-Chang; Su, Yen-Shuo; Liu, Chien-Ju. 2014. "Application of Low-Phosphorous Fertilizers on Tea Plantations as a Novel Best Management Practice." Sustainability 6, no. 10: 6985-6997.