Ecology and Management of Forest Soils

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 7, 2000 - Nature - 489 pages
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Forest soils are the foundation of the entire forest ecosystem. Not only do soil fungi and bacteria decompose dead plant material, recycling their nutrients, forest soils are also key to protecting water quality. Yet forest soils are fragile, and understanding their unique properties is essential to preserving forest ecology. This revised and updated Third Edition details the distinctive features of forest soils--the factors that set them apart from other types of soils--with an international perspective that includes a discussion of the tropical rainforest soils of Latin America and the boreal forest soils of Siberia. Separate chapters discuss the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of forest soils as well as soil organic matter, roots, and biogeochemistry. The book also touches on the practical management aspects such as nutrition management, site preparation techniques, soils for nursery and seed orchard operation, soil acidity, and techniques for sustaining and improving long-term soil productivity.
 

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Contents

Forest Soils and Vegetation Development
11
Soils of the Major Forest Biomes
37
Physical Properties of Forest Soils
61
Soil Color Incorporates Effects of Organic Matter
70
Soil Chemistry and Nutrient Uptake
87
Biology of Forest Soils
118
Rotifers
124
Soil Organic Matter
139
Forest Soil Classification
262
Nutrient Limitations
282
Soil Assays
297
Fertilization
311
Biological Nitrogen Fixation
348
Fertilizer Nitrogen?
372
Management of Nursery Soils
394
LongTerm Soil Productivity
408

Soils and Roots
161
Forest Biogeochemistry
184
Fire Effects
241

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