Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 333–346, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-333-2021
SOIL, 7, 333–346, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-333-2021

Original research article 02 Jul 2021

Original research article | 02 Jul 2021

Significant soil degradation is associated with intensive vegetable cropping in a subtropical area: a case study in southwestern China

Ming Lu et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-17', Paul Hallett, 30 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-17', Lukas Kohl, 30 Mar 2021
    • AC2: 'Response to RC2', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021
    • AC3: 'Response to RC2', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021
    • AC6: 'Reply on RC2', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on soil-2021-17', Anonymous Referee #3, 13 Apr 2021
    • EC3: 'Reply on RC3', Fuensanta García-Orenes, 13 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC3', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021
    • AC7: 'Reply on RC3', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021
  • EC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-17', Fuensanta García-Orenes, 13 Apr 2021
    • AC5: 'Cover letter to EC', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021
    • AC8: 'Reply on EC1', Dunyi Liu, 01 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 Jun 2021) by Fuensanta García-Orenes
AR by Dunyi Liu on behalf of the Authors (07 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (08 Jun 2021) by Fuensanta García-Orenes
ED: Publish as is (09 Jun 2021) by Jeanette Whitaker(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
Land use changes are an important anthropogenic perturbation that can cause soil degradation, but the impacts of land conversion from growing cereals to vegetables have received little attention. Using a combination of soil analyses from paired sites and data from farmer surveys, we found significant soil degradation in intensive vegetable cropping under paddy rice–oilseed rape rotation in southwestern China. This study may alert others to the potential land degradation in the subtropics.