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Cover for Patterns and drivers of soil carbon stocks and isotopic composition in secondary tropical dry forests of Costa Rica.

In this study a space-for-time substitution, also known as a chronosequence, was used to understand how forest regeneration on previously grazed or cropped lands affected surface soil C in patches of seasonally dry tropical forest in two conservation areas in north-western Costa Rica, Area de...

Author(s)
Powers, J. S.; Manning, D. W. P.; Becknell, J. M.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642109)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Conversion of pastures into <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Tectona grandis</i> plantations in western Panamá: effects on soil properties and the mechanisms underlying these changes.

This study was conducted to understand how soil C and fine roots change in response to pasture conversion and teak plantation establishment in western Panama. The potential positive or negative effects of teak plantations on physical (bulk density) and chemical soil properties (pH, cation exchange...

Author(s)
Schwendenmann, L.; Kaiser, S.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642109)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The soil and its environment.

This chapter focuses on nutrients and their cycles, fertilizers and their uses, and mulches. The following basic soil properties are also covered: horizons, texture, structure, bulk density, color, organisms (arthropods, earthworms, nematodes, bacteria, fungi, protozoa), soil chemistry (cation...

Author(s)
Durner, E. F.
ISBN
2013 CABI (H ISBN 9781780643069)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Measurable biophysical indicators for impact assessment: changes in soil quality.

This paper discusses with examples from recent literature the use of biophysical indicators in monitoring the impact of natural resource management (NRM) interventions on soil quality attributes. The use of simulation modelling to assess the long-term effects of NRM interventions on soil quality...

Author(s)
Pathak, P.; Sahrawat, K. L.; Rego, T. J.; Wani, S. P.
ISBN
2005 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851998282)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Testing forest biodiversity indicators by assessing anthropogenic impacts along disturbance gradients.

Current efforts at sustainable forest management depend on the development of appropriate and effective indicators of forest biodiversity. While many such indicators have been proposed, few have been rigorously tested. To address this, forest structure, composition and soil characteristics were...

Author(s)
Newton, A. C.; Echeverría, C.; González-Espinosa, M.; Williams-Linera, G.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Thiers, O.; Armesto, J. J.; Aravena, J. C.; Lara, A.
ISBN
2007 CABI (H ISBN 9781845932619)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Soil fertility decline - theoretical considerations.

The theoretical considerations of soil fertility decline are covered in this chapter including sections on data requirements, spatial and temporal variation, soil tests and interpretation of soil fertility decline studies.

Author(s)
Hartemink, A. E.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851996707)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Soil physical conditions.

This chapter describes the optimum soil bulk density, pore size and distribution, aggregate stability and size distribution, saturated hydraulic conductivity and strength; effects of soil compaction on soil oxygen, N, P and K availability; effects of previous cropping on soil structure; effects of...

Author(s)
Draycott, A. P.; Christenson, D. R.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851996233)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Soil structure.

This paper discusses the effects and importance of soil structure in various biotic processes with reference to agroforestry systems. The structural degradation as well as the potential of trees for the improvement of agricultural soil structures are also discussed. Also included are the different...

Author(s)
Grimaldi, M.; Schroth, G.; Teixeira, W. G.; Huwe, B.
ISBN
2002 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851995939)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Soil quality, fertility and health - historical context, status and perspectives.

Evolution of the soil quality concept and its relationship to soil fertility and health are discussed. A framework for evaluating soil quality is also presented. Soil quality assessment begins by selecting the management goal(s) (e.g. productivity, waste management, carbon sequestration) for which...

Author(s)
Karlen, D. L.; Andrews, S. S.; Wienhold, B. J.
ISBN
2004 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851996714)
Type
Book chapter

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