Forest soil

Forest soil

The forest soil is a complex and sensitive chemical-physical-biotic structure. As an interface for many metabolic cycles is serves amongst other things as kind of a place of transshipment for water, nutrition and toxic substances. The preservation of its fertility is a key task of forestry management.

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Forest soil - a finite resource

Tree crowns are nowadays often used as a source of energy. This means that less crop residue material remains in the forest after harvesting. Important nutrients are lost with it, and soil fertility and soil quality may suffer.

How much water does the forest need?

The phenotype of forests and the growth performance of forest trees depend on the total water balance of the site. This article presents what factors play a role.

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