Forest Soil Physical, Chemical, and Biological Properties

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Soil".

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Postgraduate Program in Soil Science, Department of Soil and Rural Engineering, Center of Agrarian Sciences, Federal University of Paraiba, Areia 58397-000, PB, Brazil
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Postgraduate Program in Environmental Science, Institute of Education, Agriculture and Environment, Federal University of Amazonas, Humaitá 69397-00, AM, Brazil
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Dear Colleagues,

The soils of tropical and subtropical forest environments have undergone changes in recent years, whether due to human action or the impacts of climate change. Thus, soil attributes (physical, chemical and biological) have been changing in this new context, especially the use and management of forest soils. As such, evaluating the behavior of soil attributes for the production of consumer goods, as well as the provision of ecosystem services, becomes a fundamental demand for the maintenance of agricultural production and the supply of drinking water, carbon sequestration and conservation of this important natural resource. The purpose of this Special Issue is to collate articles that aim to verify the influences of different use and management systems on the attributes of tropical and subtropical soils.

Dr. Milton Cesar Costa Campos
Dr. Bruno Campos Mantovanelli
Dr. Flavio Pereira de Oliveira
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Keywords

  • physical attributes of forest soils
  • chemical attributes of forest soils
  • biological attributes of forest soils
  • forest soil management
  • tropical forest land uses
  • carbon in forest soils
  • nutrient input in forest soils

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The Impacts of Tree Species on Soil Properties in Afforested Areas: A Case Study in Central Subtropical China
by Miao Hu, Yiping Wang, Huihu Li, Liping Hu, Qiaoli Liu, Fan Zhou, Aihong Yang, Faxin Yu and Xunzhi Ouyang
Forests 2024, 15(6), 895; https://doi.org/10.3390/f15060895 - 22 May 2024
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Afforestation plays a critical role in ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration. However, there continues to be insufficient knowledge about the long-term effects of different tree species on the forest soil in central subtropical China. In this study, five indigenous afforestation tree species commonly [...] Read more.
Afforestation plays a critical role in ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration. However, there continues to be insufficient knowledge about the long-term effects of different tree species on the forest soil in central subtropical China. In this study, five indigenous afforestation tree species commonly used in the region, including Bretschneidera sinensis, Liriodendron chinense, Schima superba, Phoebe bournei, and Cunninghamia lanceolata, were selected to explore their long-term effects on the forest soil. The soil’s physicochemical properties, organic carbon content, enzyme activity, and respiration were investigated. Our results revealed significant differences in the soil physicochemical properties, enzyme activity, organic carbon content, and soil respiration among the different tree species even with the same tree species types. Broad-leaved species, particularly L. chinense and P. bournei, exhibited superior soil physicochemical properties, higher amounts of organic carbon contents, enzyme activity, and soil respiration compared to coniferous species C. lanceolata. Notably, for the two studied evergreen tree species, P. bournei seemed to improve the forest soil quality more than S. superba. Hence, increasing the proportion of broad-leaved tree species may have a beneficial effect on the soil’s physicochemical properties and microecology. Furthermore, considering tree species’ compositions in afforestation will help to optimize soil quality and ecosystem health. Full article
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