Impact of secondary succession in abandoned fields on some properties of acidic sandy soils

Äubomír Lichner*, Massimo Iovino, Peter Šurda, Viliam Nagy, Anton Zvala, Jozef Kollár, Jozef Pecho, Vladimír Píš, Nasrollah Sepehrnia, Renáta Sándor

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Abandonment of agricultural lands in recent decades is occurring mainly in Europe, North America and Oceania, and changing the fate of landscapes as the ecosystem recovers during fallow stage. The objective of this study was to find the impact of secondary succession in abandoned fields on some parameters of acidic sandy soils in the Borská níÅina lowland (southwestern Slovakia). We investigated soil chemical (pH and soil organic carbon content), hydrophysical (water sorptivity, and hydraulic conductivity), and water repellency (water drop penetration time, water repellency cessation time, repellency index, and modified repellency index) parameters, as well as the ethanol sorptivity of the studied soils. Both the hydrophysical and chemical parameters decreased significantly during abandonment of the three investigated agricultural fields. On the other hand, the water repellency parameters increased significantly, but the ethanol sorptivity did not change during abandonment. As the ethanol sorptivity depends mainly on soil pore size, the last finding could mean that the pore size of acidic sandy soils did not change during succession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-18
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of hydrology and hydromechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements: The authors thank Prof. Kodesova and two anonymous reviewers for their wise comments and suggestions, which helped to improve the paper. This work was supported by the Slovak Scientific Grant Agency VEGA Project APVV-15-0160, and the János Bolyai Research Schol-arship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


  • Acidic sandy soil
  • Land abandonment
  • Secondary succession
  • Soil properties
  • Water repellency


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