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Faraji F, Alijanpour A, Sheidai Karkaj E, Motamedi J. Effect of Fire and Rangeland Banqueting on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Atbatan Summer Rangelands, East Azerbaijan Province. ECOPERSIA 2019; 7 (1) :29-37
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1- Range & Watershed Management Department, Natural Resources Faculty, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran
2- Forestry Department, Natural Resources Faculty, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran
3- Range & Watershed Management Department, Natural Resources Faculty, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran , esmaeil_sheidayi@yahoo.com
4- Rangeland Research Division, Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Tehran, Iran
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Aims: In recent years, global warming has increased the importance of carbon sequestration. The present study was conducted to survey the effect of banqueting and fire on soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration in Atbatan rangelands of Bostanabad District.
Materials & Methods: For this purpose, using systematic-random strategy, composite soil samples were taken from fire happened 2 years ago (in 2 aspects of east and west), banqueting constructed 25 years ago (in 2 aspects of north and south), and control sites. The SOC was measured and results were analyzed, using two-way ANOVA.
Findings: On the contrary of interaction effect, the main effects of aspect and fire were significant on SOC. The SOC of the control site with 28.9 t/ha was higher than the fire site with 21.76 t/ha. The average SOC in the eastern aspect was higher than the western aspect as such the average amount of SOC in western and eastern aspects were 28.94 t/ha and 21.72 t/ha, respectively. Banqueting had an increasing significant effect on SOC, as such SOC of the treatment site was 34.47 t/ha compared to the control site with 22.21 t/ha. The SOC in the northern and southern aspects was not significantly different, and the SOC of southern and northern aspects equaled 28.45 t/ha and 28.23 t/ha, respectively.
Conclusion: In conclusion, according to the results of the study, the occurrence of fire in rangelands can reduce the amount of SOC. The rangeland banqueting increases the amount of SOC in both aspects.

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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Terrestrial Ecosystems
Received: 2018/09/27 | Accepted: 2018/11/5 | Published: 2019/01/20
* Corresponding Author Address: Range & Watershed Management Department, Natural Resources Faculty, Urmia University, 11 Kilometer of Daneshgah Boulevard, Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. Postal Code: 5756151818

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