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Standard Soil Methods for Long-Term Ecological Research : Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series - G. Philip Robertson

Standard Soil Methods for Long-Term Ecological Research

Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series

By: G. Philip Robertson (Editor), David C. Coleman (Editor), Caroline S. Bledsoe (Editor), Phillip Sollins (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780195120837
Number Of Pages: 480

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Standardized methods and measurements are crucial for ecological research, particularly in long-term ecological studies where the projects are by nature collaborative and where it can be difficult to distinguish signs of environmental change from the effects of differing methodologies. This second volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Series addresses these issues directly by providing a comprehensive standardized set of protocols for measuring soil properties. The goal of the volume is to facilitate cross-site synthesis and evaluation of ecosystem processes. Chapters cover methods for studying physical and chemical properties of soils, soil biological properties, and soil organisms, and they include work from many leaders in the field. The book is the first broadly based compendium of standardized soil measurement methods and will be an invaluable resource for ecologists, agronomists, and soil scientists.

"Sure an old farmer can taste the dirt and tell whether to plant cotton or corn, but scientists working on studies that may stretch over decades and will probably include other people need some uniformity in how they take measurements and record the results. So in 1996 a group of scientists began developing a set of common protocols that could be used to characterize the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil and soil organisms from disparate sites ranging from tundra permafrost to desert aridosols, and with the land use ranging from annual cropping systems to old-growth forest. Their report also includes protocols for soil sampling, preparation, archiving, and quality control and for characterizing sites and landscapes for ecological studies."--SciTech Book News "Sure an old farmer can taste the dirt and tell whether to plant cotton or corn, but scientists working on studies that may stretch over decades and will probably include other people need some uniformity in how they take measurements and record the results. So in 1996 a group of scientists began developing a set of common protocols that could be used to characterize the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil and soil organisms from disparate sites ranging from tundra permafrost to desert aridosols, and with the land use ranging from annual cropping systems to old-growth forest. Their report also includes protocols for soil sampling, preparation, archiving, and quality control and for characterizing sites and landscapes for ecological studies."--SciTech Book News

Contributors 1: R. D. Boone et al.: Soil Sampling, Preparation, Archiving, and Quality Control 2: D. F. Grigal et al.: Site and Landscape Characterization for Ecological Studies I. Soil Physical Properties 3: W. M. Jarrell et al.: Soil Water and Temperature Status 4: E. T. Elliott et al.: Soil Structural and Other Physical Properties II. Soil Chemical Properties 5: P. Sollins et al.: Soil Carbon and Nitrogen: Pools and Fractions 6: G. P. Robertson et al.: Exchangeable Ions, pH, and Cation Exchange Capacity 7: K. Lajtha et al.: Soil Phosphorus: Characterization and Total Element Analysis 8: M. E. Harmon and K. Lajtha: Analysis of Detritus and Organic Horizons for Mineral and Organic Constituents 9: K. Lajtha et al.: Collection of Soil Solution III. Soil Biological Processes 10: E. A. Holland et al.: Soil CO[2, N[2O, and CH[4 Exchange 11: M. E. Harmon, K. J. Nadelhoffer, and J. M. Blair: Measuring Decomposition, Nutrient Turnover, and Stores in Plant Litter 12: D. D. Myrold, R. W. Ruess, and M. J. Klug: Dinitrogen Fixation 13: G. P. Robertson et al.: Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Availability: Nitrogen Mineralization, Nitrification, and Soil Respiration Potentials 14: P. M. Groffman et al.: Denitrification IV. Soil Organisms 15: E. A. Paul et al.: The Determination of Microbial Biomass 16: R. L. Sinsabaugh et al.: Characterizing Soil Microbial Communities 17: D. C. Coleman et al.: Soil Invertebrates 18: N. C. Johnson, T. E. O'Dell, and C. S. Bledsoe: Methods for Ecological Studies of Mycorrhizae 19: C. S. Bledsoe et al.: Measurement of Static Root Parameters: Biomass, Length, and Distribution in the Soil Profile 20: T. J. Fahey et al.: Fine Root Production and Demography Index

ISBN: 9780195120837
ISBN-10: 0195120833
Series: Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.41  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.76