BLERINA BEQAJ (ÇAUSHAJ)1*, EVAN RROÇO2, ADRIAN DOKO3
1Department of Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Tirana – Albania
2Department of Crop Science, Agriculture University of Tirana, Tirana – Albania
3Department of Agroenvironment and Ecology, Agriculture University of Tirana, Tirana – Albania
The use of fertilizers in agriculture is a possible source of soil and water pollution. The aim of the study was to evaluate leaching of N, Ca and Mg in a pot experiment under two fertilizers rates, in the presence and absence of plants and with two different soil types (loamy and clay loam soil). Half of the pots were planted with Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) in order to evaluate effect of the presence of the plants on the leaching process. Results show a relatively high amount of N and Ca leached especially from the loamy soil and in absence of the plants. The presence of ryegrass plants decreased the amount of N and Ca leached significantly. Mg was leached in smaller amounts compared with the other two elements.