Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 595–609, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-595-2021
SOIL, 7, 595–609, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-595-2021

Original research article 08 Sep 2021

Original research article | 08 Sep 2021

Changes in soil physicochemical properties and bacterial communities at different soil depths after long-term straw mulching under a no-till system

Zijun Zhou 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-2021-25', Anonymous Referee #1, 17 May 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Zijun Zhou, 15 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-25', Anonymous Referee #2, 18 May 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Zijun Zhou, 19 Jul 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on soil-2021-25', Anonymous Referee #3, 02 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC3', Zijun Zhou, 15 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Revision (20 Jul 2021) by Ashish Malik
AR by Zijun Zhou on behalf of the Authors (30 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Aug 2021) by Ashish Malik
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Aug 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (11 Aug 2021)
ED: Publish as is (11 Aug 2021) by Ashish Malik
ED: Publish as is (11 Aug 2021) by Jeanette Whitaker(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
Straw mulching is not always combined with no-till systems during conservation tillage. We explored the effects of long-term straw mulching on soil attributes with soil depths under a no-till system. Compared to straw removal, straw mulching had various effects on soil properties at different depths, the biggest difference occurring at the topsoil depth. Overall, straw mulch is highly recommended for use under the no-till system because of its benefits to soil fertility and bacterial abundance.