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Book Chapter
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Coates-Beckford, Phyllis L.
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Department of Life Sciences
Title, Analytic
The problems with our soil
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Jones, Ken
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Challenges in Jamaican Agriculture
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Farquharson Institute of Public Affairs
Date of Publication
2001
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21-24
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Abstract
The chapter looks at the biological component of soil that affects crop growth in Jamaica. The beneficial contributions to soil fertility of soil animals like earthworms and decayed vegitation like compost are discussed. The deleterious effects of weed seeds, which on germinating give rise to unwanted plants, and depeleted soil nutrients are highlighted. The lack of awareness of the effects or even the number of micro-organisms present in soil, and the microbiological component of soil which has received little attention by Jamaican farmers experiencing decreasing crop yields are discussed. The author defines the 'sick soil syndrome' as a condition in which crops growing in the fields do not thrive and the condition worsens with each subsequent year if appropriate remedial actions are not taken.....
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