Physicochemical Properties of Soil as Affected by Land Use Change in a Tropical Forest Ecosystem of Northeastern Bangladesh

Physicochemical properties of soil as affected by land use change

  • Md. Habibur Rahman Laboratory of Tropical Forest Resources & Environments, Division of Forest & Biomaterials Science, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan; Bangladesh Institute of Social Research Trust, Lalmatia, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md. Bahauddin Department of Narcotics, District Narcotics Control Office, Jashore, Bangladesh
Keywords: Physicochemical Properties, Plantation, Deforestation, Soil pH, Land Use Change, Shorea robusta, Dipterocarpus turbinatus


Some selected soil physicochemical properties such as nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), soil
organic carbon (SOC), carbon to nitrogen ratio (C: N), and soil organic matter (SOM) with soil pH have been evaluated
from Shorea robusta and Dipterocarpus turbinatus plantations, and a deforested site, and compared to the surface soil
(0-10 cm) and sub-surface soil (10-30 cm) at Tilagarh Eco-park of northeastern Bangladesh. Total 90 soil samples
were collected from 20m × 20m plot in two soil depths among 30 from each land use and 15 from each soil depth.
The data were analysed statistically through one-way ANOVA test and compared by using DMRT at p ˂ 0.05. The
average of the mean value of soil pH (5.33 ± 0.058) was significantly higher in S. robusta plantation (5.6 ± 0.096) than
D. turbinatus plantation (5.25 ± 0.042). Available K content was significantly higher in S. robusta plantation (62.56
± 0.004 mg kg-1) than D. turbinatus plantation (54.74±0.016 mg kg-1). There was a significant difference between P
content in D. turbinatus (4530 ± 0.319 mg kg-1) and S. robusta (4210 ± 0.088 mg kg-1) plantations. Total N content
was slightly higher in S. robusta plantation (0.11 ± 0.01%) than the D. turbinatus plantation (0.10 ± 0.00%). The mean
value of SOM concentration was higher in S. robusta plantation (1.83 ± 0.180%) than in D. turbinatus plantation
(1.72 ± 0.026%), and SOC concentration was found higher in the D. turbinatus plantation (2.58 ± 0.15%) than in
S. robusta plantation (2.35 ± 0.21%). Finally, the study showed that there was a significant difference in the mean
values of physicochemical properties according to two soil depths and three land uses.


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Rahman, M. H., & Md. Bahauddin. (2019). Physicochemical Properties of Soil as Affected by Land Use Change in a Tropical Forest Ecosystem of Northeastern Bangladesh: Physicochemical properties of soil as affected by land use change. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: B. Life and Environmental Sciences, 55(4), 71–84. Retrieved from