Prediction of soil nitrogen availability in forest ecosystems: a literature review
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): D. R. Keeney
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • agriculture
  • bibliographies
  • biomass
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fertilization
  • fertilizers
  • forest management
  • forest types
  • litter
  • mineral soils
  • nitrogen
  • nitrogen fixation
  • Pinus radiata
  • Pinus taeda
  • precipitation
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • sampling
  • soils
  • statistical analysis
  • trees
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The increasing interest in the use of N fertilizers to stimulate forest growth is prompting consideration of laboratory soil testing methods to predict the probability of N response. However, even in tilled agricultural systems, laboratory tests for N availability are not widely accepted. To be successful in predicting N response in the forest ecosystem, many additional factors than those used in agriculture must be considered. These include the sources and sinks of N and the internal redistribution of N in the trees, as well as intensity of management. Problems also exist with selection of the sample. since the forest floor litter oftentimes constitutes a major reservoir of N. Availability of this N will be difficult to estimate. Spatial variability also presents formidable obstacles in obtaining a valid sample. However, some success with N as availability tests has been reported in the Douglas-fir ecosystems of western United States, particularly with the anaerobic incubation method. Further progress will require considerable research effort and careful attention to the N cycle. © Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Keeney, D. R. 1980. Prediction of soil nitrogen availability in forest ecosystems: a literature review. Forest Science, v. 26, no. 1, p. 159-171.