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Soil Organic Carbon Accumulation in Post-Agricultural Soils under the Influence Birch Stands

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State Forests National Forest Holding, Bielsko Forest District, 43-382 Bielsko–Biała, Poland
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Department of Forest Soil Science, Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture, 31-425 Krakow, Poland
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Department of Forest Ecology and Reclamation, Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture, 31-425 Krakow, Poland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4300; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164300
Received: 7 July 2019 / Revised: 2 August 2019 / Accepted: 4 August 2019 / Published: 8 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability)
The aim of this study was to demonstrate the effects birch renewal on the soil organic carbon accumulation and on dehydrogenase activity. We selected 12 research plots with birch stands of different ages (1–4 years, 5–8 years, 9–12 years, and 13–17 years) to determine soil texture, pH, total carbon and nitrogen levels, and base cation content. The total organic carbon stock was calculated for the soil profiles. Additionally, dehydrogenase activity was determined. Naturally regenerated birch stands on post-agricultural land facilitated carbon accumulation. Based on our results, dehydrogenase activity is useful in assessing the condition of post-agricultural soils, and its determination allowed for us to assess the processes occurring in post-agricultural soils that are associated with the formation and carbon distribution. View Full-Text
Keywords: afforestation; birch stands; carbon stock; dehydrogenase activity afforestation; birch stands; carbon stock; dehydrogenase activity
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Gawęda, T.; Błońska, E.; Małek, S. Soil Organic Carbon Accumulation in Post-Agricultural Soils under the Influence Birch Stands. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4300. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164300

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Gawęda T, Błońska E, Małek S. Soil Organic Carbon Accumulation in Post-Agricultural Soils under the Influence Birch Stands. Sustainability. 2019; 11(16):4300. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164300

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Gawęda, Tomasz, Ewa Błońska, and Stanisław Małek. 2019. "Soil Organic Carbon Accumulation in Post-Agricultural Soils under the Influence Birch Stands" Sustainability 11, no. 16: 4300. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164300

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