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Biological Classification of Soil Water

There is a definite relationship between moisture retention and its utilization by plants. This classification based on the availability of water to the plant. Soil moisture can be divided into three parts.
i. Available water: The water which lies between wilting coefficient and field capacity. It is obtained by subtracting wilting coefficient from moisture equivalent.

ii. Unavailable water: This includes the whole of the hygroscopic water plus a part of the capillary water below the wilting point.

iii. Super available or superfluous water: The water beyond the field capacity stage is said to be super available. It includes gravitational water plus a part of the capillary water removed from larger interstices. This water is unavailable for the use of plants. The presence of super-available water in a soil for any extended period is harmful to plant growth because of the lack of air.

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