Journal article

Review: soil biological properties as indicators of soil quality in Australian viticulture

D Riches, IJ Porter, DP Oliver, RGV Bramley, B Rawnsley, J Edwards, RE White

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GRAPE AND WINE RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

Any reduction in soil quality as a consequence of production practices, through processes, such as erosion, salinisation, sodicity, acidity and structural decline, threatens the long-term sustainability of winegrape production. Monitoring of soil quality is thus needed to identify when degradation is occurring in order to allow management intervention. This review examines the suite of biological indicators available for this purpose and the potential for their adoption as part of a minimum dataset by industry. Physical and chemical indicators are discussed in a companion paper. Many groups of organisms and various biological processes have been used as indicators of soil quality in research..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded jointly by Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, CSIRO under the aegis of the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship and Australian grape growers and winemakers through their investment body, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation.