Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Original research article
15 Mar 2023
Original research article |  | 15 Mar 2023

Oil-palm management alters the spatial distribution of amorphous silica and mobile silicon in topsoils

Britta Greenshields, Barbara von der Lühe, Harold J. Hughes, Christian Stiegler, Suria Tarigan, Aiyen Tjoa, and Daniela Sauer


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-281', Anonymous Referee #1, 17 Nov 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Britta Greenshields, 18 Dec 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-281', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Nov 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Britta Greenshields, 18 Dec 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Revision (19 Dec 2022) by Ember Morrissey
AR by Britta Greenshields on behalf of the Authors (27 Jan 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Jan 2023) by Ember Morrissey
ED: Publish as is (06 Feb 2023) by Engracia Madejón Rodríguez (Executive editor)
AR by Britta Greenshields on behalf of the Authors (10 Feb 2023)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
Silicon (Si) research could provide complementary measures in sustainably cultivating oil-palm monocultures. Our study shows that current oil-palm management practices and topsoil erosion on oil-palm plantations in Indonesia have caused a spatial distribution of essential Si pools in soil. A lack of well-balanced Si levels in topsoil could negatively affect crop yield and soil fertility for future replanting at the same plantation site. Potential measures are suggested to maintain Si cycling.