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Life Sciences - Forestry | Forest Soils - Properties and Management

Forest Soils

Properties and Management

Osman, Khan Towhid

2013, XI, 217 p. 86 illus., 66 illus. in color.

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  • Focuses specifically and comprehensively on forest soil science, bringing much wider coverage than a general book on soil science
  • Intended as a primer on forest soil science, but useful to professionals as well
  • In-depth coverage and numerous examples, figures and tables assist the novice in understanding the subject

Forest soil characteristics are not only unique but their interpretation also differs from cropland soils. Just as there are diverse forest types, there are many soil variants that need different management. Today, forest plantations are being intensively managed for profitable timber, pulpwood and energy production. Site selection, species selection, site productivity evaluation, silvicultural treatments, and soil amendments need crucial soil information.


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the physical, chemical and biological properties of forest soils and their implications on forest vegetation. Topics discussed include:


·         major forest types of the world and their associated soils

·         forest biomass and nutrient dynamics

·         organic matter turnover and nutrient recycling

·         forest soil disturbance

·         forest soil and climate change

·         forest soil management and silvicultural treatments


The text leads the reader from the basics to a comprehensive understanding of forest soil science.  Study questions at the end of each chapter help to reinforce concepts.


While the text will be of particular interest to undergraduate students in grasping the fundamentals, it will also be of interest to graduate students and professionals in forestry, agroforestry and soil science, including those involved in nursery operations and plantation management.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Biomass and nutrient dynamics - Forest disturbance - Forest soil and climate change - Forest soil management - Forest types of the world

Related subjects » Earth Sciences & Geography - Environmental Management - Forestry - Soil Science

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Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India

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