Standard Soil Methods for Long-Term Ecological Research

Hardcover | November 15, 1999

EditorG. Philip Robertson, David C. Coleman, Caroline S. Bledsoe

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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. Thissecond 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 invaluableresource for ecologists, agronomists, and soil scientists.

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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. Thissecond volume in the Long-Term Ecological Rese...

G. Philip Robertson is at Michigan State University. David C. Coleman is at University of Georgia.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors1. R. D. Boone et al.: Soil Sampling, Preparation, Archiving, and Quality Control2. D. F. Grigal et al.: Site and Landscape Characterization for Ecological StudiesI. Soil Physical Properties3. W. M. Jarrell et al.: Soil Water and Temperature Status4. E. T. Elliott et al.: Soil Structural and Other Physical PropertiesII. Soil Chemical Properties5. P. Sollins et al.: Soil Carbon and Nitrogen: Pools and Fractions6. G. P. Robertson et al.: Exchangeable Ions, pH, and Cation Exchange Capacity7. K. Lajtha et al.: Soil Phosphorus: Characterization and Total Element Analysis8. M. E. Harmon and K. Lajtha: Analysis of Detritus and Organic Horizons for Mineral and Organic Constituents9. K. Lajtha et al.: Collection of Soil SolutionIII. Soil Biological Processes10. E. A. Holland et al.: Soil CO2, N2O, and CH4 Exchange11. M. E. Harmon, K. J. Nadelhoffer, and J. M. Blair: Measuring Decomposition, Nutrient Turnover, and Stores in Plant Litter12. D. D. Myrold, R. W. Ruess, and M. J. Klug: Dinitrogen Fixation13. G. P. Robertson et al.: Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Availability: Nitrogen Mineralization, Nitrification, and Soil Respiration Potentials14. P. M. Groffman et al.: DenitrificationIV. Soil Organisms15. E. A. Paul et al.: The Determination of Microbial Biomass16. R. L. Sinsabaugh et al.: Characterizing Soil Microbial Communities17. D. C. Coleman et al.: Soil Invertebrates18. N. C. Johnson, T. E. O'Dell, and C. S. Bledsoe: Methods for Ecological Studies of Mycorrhizae19. C. S. Bledsoe et al.: Measurement of Static Root Parameters: Biomass, Length, and Distribution in the Soil Profile20. T. J. Fahey et al.: Fine Root Production and DemographyIndex

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"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 scientistsbegan 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-growthforest. 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