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Raw data of a field experiment to assess the effect of plant residue quality, and diversity, applied as mulch, on nitrogen mineralization and on soil microbial biomass at later stages of decomposition, on crop plant quality, and on the quality of the crop residues at the end of the growing season

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This dataset concerns a field experiment conducted at the Crop Research Unit of the University of Reading in UK in 2019. Wheat plants were grown in field plots of 1.6 m2, and mulch of diverse plant residues of whole plants were applied. The purpose of the experiment was to assess the effect of quality, and diversity of plant residue mulch on N mineralization and on soil microbial biomass at later stages of decomposition, on crop plant quality, and on the quality of the crop residues at the end of the growing season. There were five different types of plant residues: i) Perennial rye grass (P) (1 plant species), ii) Smart grass (S) (6 plant species), iii) Biomix (B) (12 plant species), iv) Herbal mix (H) (17 plant species), and Wood chips (W), and there was also a Control treatment with no residues. Therefore, there were 6 different treatments in total in 5 replicates. Soil samples were collected on days 25, 52, and 90 after mulch application. The dataset consists of 3 parts: 1) data relevant to the plant residues that were applied as mulch on the field plots, 2) data relevant to the field soil, and 3) data relevant to the wheat plants which were cultivated in the field plots.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Gaitanis, Dimitrios ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0597-6753
Rights-holders: Dimitrios Gaitanis
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2022
Data last accessed: 16 February 2024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17864/1947.000412
Metadata Record URL: https://researchdata.reading.ac.uk/id/eprint/412
Organisational units: Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Sustainable Land Management > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: plant-based mulch, field experiment, wheat crop, plant residue mixtures, nitrogen mineralization, soil microbial biomass, crop quality, residue quality
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Data Availability: OPEN

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