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  • A review of chemical and physical properties as indicators of forest soil quality: challenges and opportunities.

    Author(s) : Schoenholtz, S. H.Miegroet, H. vanBurger, J. A.

    Author Affiliation : Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, P.O. Box 9681, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA.

    Editors : Boyle, J. R.Powers, R. F.

    Journal article; Conference paper : Forest Ecology and Management 2000 Vol.138 No.1/3 pp.335-356 ref.Many

    Conference Title : Forest soils and ecosystem sustainability. Selected and edited papers from the Ninth North American Forest Soils Conference held in Tahoe City, California, USA, 9-14 August 1998.

    Abstract : Foresters have always relied on a knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of soils to assess the capacity of sites to support productive forestsforestsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    forestsSubject Category: Habitats
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    . Recently, the need for assessing soil propertiessoil propertiesSubject Category: Properties
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    has expanded because of growing public interest in determining the consequences of management practices on the quality of soil relative to sustainabilitysustainabilitySubject Category: Properties
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    of forest ecosystem functions in addition to plant productivityproductivitySubject Category: Properties
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    . The concept of soil qualitysoil qualitySubject Category: Properties
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    includes assessmentassessmentSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    of soil properties and processes as they relate to the ability of soil to function effectively as a component of a healthy ecosystem. Specific functions and subsequent values provided by forest ecosystems are variable and rely on numerous soil physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes, which can differ across spatial and temporal scales. Choice of a standard set of specific properties as indicatorsindicatorsSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    of soil quality can be complex and will vary among forest systems and management objectives. Indices of forest soil quality which incorporate soil chemical, physical, and biological properties will be most readily adopted if they are sensitive to management-induced changes, easily measured, relevant across sites or over time, inexpensive, closely linked to the measurementmeasurementSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    of desired values, and adaptable for specific ecosystems. This paper traces the development of the concept of soil quality, explores the use of soil chemical and physical properties as determinants of forest soil quality, and presents challenges and opportunities for forest soil scientists to play a relevant role in assessment and advancement of sustainable forest managementforest managementSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    by developing the concept of soil quality as an indicator of sustainability.

    ISSN : 0378-1127

    DOI : 10.1016/S0378-1127(00)00423-0

    Record Number : 20013012814

    Publisher : Elsevier Science B.V.

    Location of publication : Amsterdam

    Country of publication : Netherlands

    Language of text : English

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    Descriptor(s) : assessmentassessmentSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , edaphic factorsedaphic factorsSubject Category: Properties
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    , forest managementforest managementSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , forest soilsforest soilsSubject Category: Soil Types
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    , forestsforestsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , indicatorsindicatorsSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , measurementmeasurementSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , productivityproductivitySubject Category: Properties
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    , reviewsreviewsSubject Category: Publications
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    , soil biologysoil biologySubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , soil chemical propertiessoil chemical propertiesSubject Category: Properties
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    , soil physical propertiessoil physical propertiesSubject Category: Properties
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    , soil propertiessoil propertiesSubject Category: Properties
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    , soil qualitysoil qualitySubject Category: Properties
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    , spatial variationspatial variationSubject Category: Properties
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    , sustainabilitysustainabilitySubject Category: Properties
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    , temporal variationtemporal variationSubject Category: Properties
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    Identifier(s) : chemical properties of soil, metrology, physical properties of soil