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Blanco-Moure N.,CSIC - Aula Dei Experimental Station | Angurel L.A.,ICMA CSIC UZ | Moret-Fernandez D.,CSIC - Aula Dei Experimental Station | Lopez M.V.,CSIC - Aula Dei Experimental Station
Geoderma | Year: 2012

Tensile strength (TS) of soil aggregates is recognized as a useful parameter to detect structural changes associated with soil management. Although conservation tillage has been encouraged as a management alternative to preserve soil and water resources in semiarid Aragon (NE Spain), little information concerning soils on which these techniques are applied is available for this region. The main objective of this study was to assess the effect of long-term no tillage (NT) on TS, rupture energy (E) and organic carbon (OC) of soil surface aggregates (0-5cm depth) in five different cereal production areas of Aragon. In four of the sites, the study was conducted under on-farm conditions where pairs of adjacent fields under NT and conventional tillage (CT) were compared. In the last site, the study was carried out in research plots from a long-term tillage experiment where a third tillage treatment was also considered (reduced tillage). In all cases, a nearby undisturbed soil under native vegetation was included. Results indicate that NT reduced aggregate TS and E with respect to CT systems through lower soil disturbance and higher OC content. Aggregate size (16-8, 8-4, 4-2 and 2-1mm in diameter) and aggregate-associated OC explained 70-80% of the variation in TS and E. Strength properties varied with OC in quadratic way with minimum values at about 20gkg -1 of OC. This behavior can be explained by the significant interactions found between clay and OC in such a way that in the soils with the highest values of clay and OC, aggregate strength increased considerably. This study shows that, under the rainfed conditions of semiarid Aragon, NT improves soil physical conditions by reducing aggregate strength at the soil surface. This means, for example, that NT could provide a more favorable environment for seedling emergence and root growth than the traditional practices in the area. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Cano M.,CSIC - Institute of Carbochemistry | Benito A.,CSIC - Institute of Carbochemistry | Maser W.K.,CSIC - Institute of Carbochemistry | Urriolabeitia E.P.,ICMA CSIC UZ
Carbon | Year: 2011

A fast and easy one-step linker-free approach for the synthesis of palladium nanoparticle/multiwall carbon nanotube (Pd-NP/MWCNT) hybrid materials is described using microwave irradiation for the effective decomposition of Pd 2dba 3 complex in the presence of MWCNTs. High loadings of Pd nanoparticles (up to 40 wt.%) having sizes between 3 and 5 nm are deposited on the surface of MWCNTs within a time of only 2 min. The Pd-NP/MWCNT materials serve as efficient catalysts in C-C coupling as well as in hydrogenation reactions, all characterized by high conversion rates using a small amount of catalysts, high turnover frequency values and good recyclability. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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