Air permeability apparatus
Air permeability apparatus
Insight in soil aeration

Soil Air Permeability and Its Importance for Plant Growth

Air permeability in agricultural soils holds substantial significance, profoundly impacting plant growth and crop productivity. Given the vital role of air and water for plant development, the level of oxygen accessible to plant roots hinges greatly on air permeability.

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Air permeameter for soil

Air Permeameter for Soil Analysis

  • User-friendly manual operation
  • Built on a proven and precise measurement principle
  • Developed in collaboration with Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel

When to Assess Air Permeability

In diverse global land use systems, intensified land utilization often leads to soil deformation. Altered soil functions, specifically reduced hydraulic conductivity and impeded aeration, can detrimentally affect crop growth, productivity, and the soil's filtering and buffering abilities.

Evaluating air permeability before and after static loading in oedometer tests is a widely used approach to analyze the impact of soil compaction on permeability.

Air permeability analysis is crucial for quantified data interpretation about pore continuity, matric potential dependency, and the effect of mechanical stress on factors such as pore structure anisotropy.

Furthermore, it is essential for understanding pore continuity's relationship with matric potential and the influence of mechanical stress on pore structure anisotropy.

Soil Permeability Insights

Soil permeability primarily hinges on pore sizes and their connectivity. Soil pores accommodate air, and the effectiveness of the soil pore system relies on pore quantity, shape, and continuity. Soils with large, well-connected pores facilitate easy air flow. Conversely, even equally connected small pores exhibit lower permeability due to slower air passage.

Soil texture, macro-pore volume, connectivity, matric potential, and water content all shape air permeability. Continuous macro-pores, typically effective conduits for air, can become water-filled upon increased load, contingent upon soil type and initial water content.

When studying the impact of soil compaction due to agricultural machinery, correlating air permeability with soil capacity parameters—like air-filled porosity, saturation level, and water content—is vital..