Biodiv Sci ›› 2008, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (2): 118-125.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2008.07339

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Effects of long-term different fertilization regimes on the diversity of weed communities in oilseed rape fields under rice-oilseed rape cropping system

Ruhai Li1,2, Sheng Qiang1,*(), Duosheng Qiu3, Qiuhua Chu3, Genxing Pan4   

  1. 1 Weed Research Laboratory, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095
    2 Institute of Plant Protection and Soil Science, Hubei Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Wuhan 430064
    3 Bureau of Agricultural Ecology of Wujiang Municipality, Suzhou 222300
    4 Institute of Resources, Ecosystem and Environment of Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095
  • Received:2007-11-05 Accepted:2008-02-14 Online:2008-03-20 Published:2008-02-20
  • Contact: Sheng Qiang


The effects of long-term different fertilization regimes on weed species diversity were evaluated in this study. Seven different fertilization treatments, each with three replicated plots and 20 years of fertilization, were investigated in oilseed rape fields under a rice-oilseed rape cropping system in Tai Lake region. Overall, 17 weed species from 11 families were recorded. Of these, Alopecurus aequali,A. japonicas, Beckmannia syzigachne, Malachium aquaticum, and Geranium carolinianum had high population density, and were dominant in different plots. The weed species richness varied significantly among different fertilization treatments, ranging from 5 species in chemical fertilizer with oilseed rape stalk and rice straw treatment (CFOR) to 12 in N fertilizer treatment (NF). The composition and abundance of weed species also differed in different fertilization treatments. Shannon-Wiener index in NF was significantly higher than that in any other fertilization treatment while Simpson dominance index was the lowest. Pielou evenness index in non-fertilizer treatment (NoF) and NF were significantly higher than those in other fertilization treatments. As suggested by Whittaker index, chemical fertilizer and oilseed rape stalk treatment (CFO) and chemical fertilizer treatment (CF) had the most significant effects on weed community composition, chemical fertilizer and pig manure treatment (CFM) and chemical fertilizer and rice straw treatment (CFR) ranked the second, while NF and CFOR had no significant effect on weed community composition. Sørenson similarity index and clustering analysis suggested similar trends as Whittaker index. The results have indicated that the application of balanced N, P, K fertilizer and even plus organic manure (pig manure, oilseed rape stalk, and rice straw) was beneficial to effectively control dominant weeds and maintain weed species diversity by decreasing the abundance of those otherwise dominant species.

Key words: long-term fertilization, diversity of weed community, rice-oilseed rape cropping system, evenness