Mulching with organic matters has potential of remediation in ecosystem

Misbah Naz, Sania Zaib, Muhammad Tariq, Muhammad Ammar Raza, Zhicong Dai, Daolin Du, Muhammad Jafar Jaskani, Sohail Ahmed Rajper, Muhammad Ahsan

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Growth, quality and yield of various crops are significantly influenced by various mulching methods. Covering with various materials potentially help in retaining soil moisture, reducing evaporation and suppressing weed populations. Since different scientists have reported adverse effects of coverage, there are conflicts regarding coverage performance. Under actual field conditions, the shortcomings reported by various researchers are not that dangerous and the benefits of mulches usually dominate these contradictions. Though, from the literature, it can be concluded that mulch is an inexpensive source to reduce the number of weeds and keep the soil moisture content at a considerable level. Therefore, in this chapter, we discussed how a properly managed mulch strategy can compensate for the water demand of crops under water-scarce conditions. In addition, the combination of a mulch system (wheat straw, cotton swabs, black plastic, and corn stalks) and partial root-zone drying (PRD) can be an effective technology for overall improving the growth, development and yield of crops.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Plant Nutrition
Subtitle of host publicationMolecular Interventions and Advancements for Crop Improvement
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780443186752
ISBN (Print)9780443186769
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Agriculture
  • Benefits of mulches
  • Environment
  • Plant growth
  • Soil fertility
  • Weeds


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