Ecotone Dynamics and Stability from Soil Scientific Point of View
AbstractTransitional areas between two or more different biomes—ecotones—are clearly visible due to the sudden changes in vegetation structures and patterns. However, much is still unknown about the crucial soil factors that control such vegetational changes across ecotones and how different soil properties vary across ecotones. In this study, we try to understand the spatial variation in soil properties across a clearly defined ecotone from a forest stand to meadow field at the Training Forest Enterprise (T.F.E), Masaryk Forest Křtiny, Czechia. Thirteen sampling sites were selected: six in the forest region, six in the meadow and one in the ecotone zone between forest and meadow. Soil samples were taken at 5 cm below the soil surface once every month from April to November. All the collected soil samples were examined for minimal air capacity, actual and potential soil reaction and maximum capillary water. The results showed a pattern of soil acidity decreasing from the forest stand towards the meadow field but that increased sharply at the ecotone zone. The water holding capacity showed a decreasing trend approaching the ecotone zone from the meadow region and markedly decreased from the meadow site closest to the ecotone zone. The minimum air capacity showed an increasing trend from the forest region but suddenly declined at the ecotone region. View Full-Text
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Marfo, T.D.; Datta, R.; Pathan, S.I.; Vranová, V. Ecotone Dynamics and Stability from Soil Scientific Point of View. Diversity 2019, 11, 53.
Marfo TD, Datta R, Pathan SI, Vranová V. Ecotone Dynamics and Stability from Soil Scientific Point of View. Diversity. 2019; 11(4):53.Chicago/Turabian Style
Marfo, Theodore D.; Datta, Rahul; Pathan, Shamina I.; Vranová, Valerie. 2019. "Ecotone Dynamics and Stability from Soil Scientific Point of View." Diversity 11, no. 4: 53.
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