Effects of Agricultural Potassium Fertilizer Application on Soil Carbon Cycle


  • Nan Kaewu




Soil Carbon Cycle; Potassium Fertilizer; Carbon Sequestration; Soil Structure.


This review examines the impact and regulatory mechanisms of potassium fertilizer on the soil carbon cycle, discussing how potassium fertilizer affects soil carbon storage and flow through various pathways. As a vital agricultural nutrient, potassium not only plays a crucial role in crop growth but also influences several aspects of the soil carbon cycle, including carbon sequestration, microbial activity, soil respiration, and the structure and enzymatic activities of the soil. The article begins by introducing the importance of the soil carbon cycle and the application of potassium in agriculture, followed by an analysis of how potassium fertilizer promotes soil organic carbon storage, including increasing the amount of plant residue returned to the soil. It then discusses the impact of potassium fertilizer on the structure and function of soil microbial communities, which play a key role in the soil carbon cycle. The article also explores the influence of potassium fertilizer on soil respiration, including its regulatory effects on microbial respiration and root respiration, and how potassium improves soil structure to affect soil respiration. Additionally, the impact of potassium fertilizer on the activity of enzymes related to carbon cycling is discussed in detail, as these enzymes play a central role in the decomposition of organic matter and nutrient cycling. Finally, the article summarizes the potential role of potassium fertilizer in improving soil health, enhancing carbon sequestration capacity, and addressing climate change, calling for more research to understand the mechanisms of potassium fertilizer and to provide a scientific basis for sustainable soil management strategies.


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Effects of Agricultural Potassium Fertilizer Application on Soil Carbon Cycle. (2024). Academic Journal of Science and Technology, 11(2), 122-125. https://doi.org/10.54097/fy0zmz82

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