Effects of Different Land Use Change on Soil Aggregate and Aggregate Associated Organic Carbon: A Meta-Analysis
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School of Geographic Information and Tourism, Chuzhou University, Chuzhou, China
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Anhui Science and Technology University, Fengyang, China
Submission date: 2023-11-08
Final revision date: 2024-01-14
Acceptance date: 2024-01-25
Online publication date: 2024-05-10
Publication date: 2024-06-27
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Zhen Wu   

School of Geographic Information and Tourism, Chuzhou University, 239000, Chuzhou, China
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2024;33(5):5263-5274
Soil aggregate functions in maintaining soil structure and protecting soil organic carbon (SOC). To illustrate the influence of land use change on soil aggregate total SOC and aggregate-associated SOC, we conducted a meta-analysis using data from published journals. Overall, land use changes significantly improved soil macro-aggregate and total SOC by 7.3% and 19.8%, respectively, compared with the primary land use type. The WSA0.25 tended to increase by 63.8% and 37.9% in forest and grassland, respectively, while it decreased by 21.9% and 11.2% in farmland and garden, compared to primary land use. The change from ecological land to agricultural land significantly decreased WSA0.25 by an average of 24.3%, but agricultural land change to ecological land increased WSA0.25 by 49.2%. Soil clay, SOC, bulk density, and pH were the most important factors in explaining the variance in macro-aggregate content. The SOC content increased by 44.1% and 74.4% in forest and grassland, respectively, while it decreased by 16.2% in farmland. Changing agricultural land to ecological land increased the SOC and macro-aggregate associated SOC by 52.6% and 50.0%, respectively, and a positive correction was observed between macro-aggregate associated SOC and the content of WSA0.25 rather than MSA0.25. Our meta-analysis provided a scientific basis to enhance soil structural stability and increase SOC storage.
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