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Soil texture is an important input parameter for many soil hydraulic pedotransfer functions (PTFs) of the day. Common soil particle-size classes are required to be able to uniformly determine the texture of soils. However, it is not always possible - due to different national classification systems - and much valuable information is disregarded while either deriving or applying PTFs. One way to get common particle-size class information is to interpolate the particle-size distribution (PSD) curve. Advanced interpolation solutions are becoming available, but there is always uncertainty associated with these techniques. Another possibility is to measure all PSD curves in such a way that it is compatible to the commonly used classification systems. A new automated measurement technique is introduced that can easily provide PSD data compatible to any (and all) of the existing national and international classification systems at the same time, without the burden of extra labour. A computerized measurement system has been developed to record density changes in a settling-tube system in any discretional (small) time steps, which in turn allows the derivation of a quasi-continuous PSD curve. The measurement is based on areometry (Stokes-law), thus the system is compatible to the most commonly applied settling-tube measurements. The new evaluation method of measured values takes into consideration the density changes along the areometer-body so it avoids the problem of reference point determination. The theory and setup of the system are explained and measurement examples are given. The presented comparative measurements show good correspondence with conventional settling-tube results, and the reproducibility of the measurement shows to be very high. This technique does not require more sample preparation than past methods. The automated reading requires less manpower to perform the measurement - which also reduces human error sources. However, it provides very detailed PSD data that has advantages, like revealing multi-modality in the particle-size distribution or providing data that complies with any of the classification systems.

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The potentials of an electrochemical and a physical technique for detection of physiological differences in three wheat cultivars under optimal growth conditions were outlined in the study. Electrolyte leakage kinetics was established by continuous measurements of conductivity of solutions in which leaf pieces were incubated for 24 hours. Impedance spectra were obtained from intact leaves at frequency range from 7 to 2010 Hz and 250 mV measuring voltage applied between two gold plated silicon substrates serving as electrodes. The obtained spectra were approximated by a model employing two ARC elements connected in series. Parameters of the previously described diffusion model based on time course conductivity measurements were inversely correlated with electrical impedance spectroscopy data, thus the genotype with highest ion leakage (cultivar Prelom) exhibited lowest impedance magnitude. It was concluded that the two methods were able not merely to distinguish the three studied cultivars but also to rank them in the same order based on their electrical properties.

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Agrokémia és Talajtan
Authors: Marianna Papp, János Balogh, Krisztina Pintér, Szilvia Fóti, Péter Koncz, Marian Pavelka, Eva Darenova, and Zoltán Nagy

Az utóbbi évtizedben zajló kutatások kimutatták, hogy a talajok CO2-kibocsátása jelentős napi és szezonális változékonyságot mutat. A manuális mérőrendszerekkel azonban ez nehezen követhető nyomon. Éppen ezért megjelent az igény a nagyobb időbeli felbontású automata mérőrendszerekre, több gyártó készítette el saját fejlesztésű műszerét. Ezeknek a rendszereknek a hátránya, hogy drágák és többnyire zárt rendszerben működnek, ahol a bonyolult kamranyitó-záró mechanika csökkentheti a működésbiztonságot. További hátrányt jelent a kamrák meglehetősen nagy mérete, ami miatt gyepállományokban nehezen alkalmazhatók.Az általunk kifejlesztett nyílt rendszerű mérőeszköz alkalmasnak bizonyult ezen problémák kiküszöbölésére: a kisméretű kamrák (d = 5 cm) könnyen elhelyezhetők a növények között, nyílt rendszerben nem szükséges kamranyitó-záró mechanikát építeni, és a rendszer olcsón kivitelezhető.A kifejlesztett 10 kamrás mérőrendszer kalibrálását laboratóriumi körülmények között végeztük el, valamint összehasonlítottuk terepi mérések segítségével egy nemzetközileg is hitelesnek számító mérőrendszerrel. A kapott eredmények szerint a kifejlesztett mérőrendszer alkalmas hosszú időtartamú automata-mérésekre, segítségével nagy mennyiségű adat nyerhető.

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Agrokémia és Talajtan
Authors: Tibor Szili-Kovács, Ágnes Bálint, Györgyi Kampfl, Krisztina Kristóf, György Heltai, Sándor Hoffmann, András Lukács, and Attila Anton

using continuous measurements of CO 2 profiles in soils with small solid-state sensors. Agr. Forest Meteorol. 118. 207–220. Tóth , E., Koós , S. & Farkas , Cs . 2009. Soil carbon dioxide efflux

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