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All publications of “José Luiz Rodrigues Torres”

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Sugarcane Root Development and Yield under Different Soil Tillage Practices

Emmerson Rodrigues de Moraes, José Geraldo Mageste, Regina Maria Quintão Lana, José Luiz Rodrigues Torres, Luis Augusto da Silva Domingues, Ernane Miranda Lemes, [...]


ABSTRACT New strategies for sugarcane production have been very important since the incorporation of ethanol in the Brazilian energy mix in the early 1970s. Prior to planting sugarcane, the soil is prepared, and this process can affect root development and, consequently, sugarcane production. This study was conducted in an area of sugarcane crop renewal in the Cerrado biome (Brazilian tropical savanna), with the objective of identifying which tillage system generates the better root development and improved yield in sugarcane. The […]

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Soil CO2 Flux in Sugarcane Green Harvest Systems

Rose Luiza Moraes Tavares, Zigomar Menezes de Souza, Newton La Scala, Guilherme Adalberto Ferreira Castioni, Gustavo Soares de Souza, José Luiz Rodrigues Torres


ABSTRACT The sugarcane green harvest system, characterized by mechanized harvesting and the absence of crop burning, affects soil quality by increasing crop residue on the soil surface after harvest; thus, it contributes to improving the physical, chemical, and microbiological properties and influences the soil carbon content and CO2 flux (FCO2). This study aimed to evaluate the spatial and temporal variability of soil FCO2 in sugarcane green harvest systems. The experiment was conducted in two areas of sugarcane in São Paulo, […]


José Luiz Rodrigues Torres, Marcos Gervasio Pereira, Renato Lara de Assis, Zigomar Menezes de Souza


The use of no-tillage systems associated with the use of cover crops and crop rotation changes some soil physical properties and may indicate change in soil quality. This study aimed to use the aggregate stability index (IEA) and the sensitivity index (SI) to assess changes in soil physical attributes with the use of different plant cover after twelve years of no-tillage. We used a randomized block design with the following types of cover crops: sunn hemp, millet, sorghum, brachiaria, and […]

Potassium dynamics in crop residues of cover plants in Cerrado

José Luiz Rodrigues Torres, Marcos Gervasio Pereira


Crop residue production, plant residue maintenance and their decomposition are important factors in the understanding of nutrient recycling process. To evaluate K accumulation and release a study with eight cover crops types was developed: pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum sin. tiphoydes), brachiaria grass (Brachiaria brizantha), sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench), pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp), sunn hemp (Crotalarea juncea) and black oats (Avena strigosa Schreb), fallow land and conventional culture (control) in the experimental area of CEFET-Uberaba-MG, in a Cerrado area. […]

Cover crops residue decomposition and nitrogen release in a cerrado soil

José Luiz Rodrigues Torres, Marcos Gervásio Pereira, Itamar Andrioli, José Carlos Polidoro, Adelar José Fabian


Dry mass production, decomposition rate and nitrogen (N) release were evaluated in a field experiment under seven cover crop types: pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum sin. typhoides), brachiaria grass (Brachiaria brizantha), sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench), pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Mill sp), sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) and black oat (Avena strigosa Schreb), compared to a fallow and a traditional cropping system (control) in a cerrado soil (Uberaba-MG, Brazil). Among the tested cover crops, pearl millet and sunn hemp presented higher […]