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New theory for dry soil

(1977) New theory for dry soil. The West Australia, 11 May 1977. p. 39 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article discusses where Perth gardeners plagued by water-repellent soil could find loam cores or clay the answer to their problems, according to a University of Western Australian graduate student, Mr. Douglas McGhie.
Mr. McGhie said that loam cores at regular intervals would give a wetting path to the plants rooting zones.
A mixture of more than five percent clay in the soil, could produce a permanent physical change making the soil more absorbent.
Mr. McGhie is studying water-repellent soils for his doctorate at the university's institute of agriculture, and recently discovered that water-resistant soil could cause erosion in Australia.
Mr. McGhie said soils became water-resistant after water-repellent organic matter built up round the sand grains.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1977 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58039
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