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Sa Fruit Journal Aug Sept 2021 Soil Health
August / September 2021

Soil Enzyme Activities – Vital to Vineyard Soil Health

SA Fruit Journal: August / September 2021

Soil is a finite resource that is dynamic and living. It serves as the interface between agriculture and the environment. Therefore, its careful management – with soil health being key – is critical to ensure its sustainability. By André Meyer and Isabella van Huyssteen, ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij

Main Image: Figure 1: Chemical, physical and biological components of soil

Soil health can concisely be defined as, “the capacity of a specific kind of soil to function within natural or managed ecosystem boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation” (Doran and Zeiss, 2000). Measurement of soil health provides information about how the soil is functioning with respect to a particular management goal.

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