Status and distribution of soil available micronutrients along a hill slope in Ekpoma, Edo State, NigeriaPantnagar Journal of Research, Volume - 20, Issue - 1 ( January-April. 2022)
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This study was carried out to assess the status and distribution of soil available micronutrients along a hill slope in Ekpoma and to determine the physical and chemical properties of the soils. Soil samples were obtained from upper, middle and lower slope in the land scape within Ambrose Alli University main campus environment at depth intervals of 0-15cm and 15-30cm. Soil samples were collected and analysed for some micronutrients using standard laboratory methods. The results showed that chlorine increased in depths for all the locations in the landscape. Iron increased with increase in depth in all the locations. In the case of Zinc, the content in the soils in all three locations decreased with increase in depths. Copper was irregular in the three locations in the landscape. The result also shows that Nickel is irregular in the research area. Manganese was irregular in the three locations. Cadmium was same for both depths at the upper slope but absent at the middle and bottom of the landscape. Boron and Chromium were irregular in the three locations of the landscape. Micronutrients were available and well distributed in the landscape except for cadmium which was completely absent in the middle and lower slopes.
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