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Special Issue "Organic Matter Production and Decomposition in Forest Soils"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Choonsig Kim

Department of Forest Resources, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, Jinju 52725, South Korea
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Interests: carbon sequestration; fertilization; forest soils, greenhouse gases, nutrient cycling; soil productivity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic matter inputs and decomposition represent important components in biogeochemistry through nutrient cycles in forest ecosystems, because significant amounts of organic matter and nutrients in the soils can be transferred during the decomposition processes. The organic matter inputs and decomposition processes depend on several ecological and management factors, such as the climate, forest type, site quality, stand age, stand density, fertilization, thinning, fire, and the incidence of insects and diseases. Nutrient dynamics by organic matter inputs and decomposition processes can be directly affected by environmental changes resulting from the ecological and management factors and indirectly by changes in microclimate and microbial activity. Therefore, an understanding of organic matter inputs and decomposition is critically important, because the changes in organic matter inputs and decomposition processes by ecological and management factors alter nutrient cycling processes and affect site productivity.

This Special Issue deals with these processes based on field experiments, modeling, and reviews, as well as new technology of nutrient cycling by organic matter inputs and decomposition processes in forest soils. Studies focused on the response to organic matter inputs and decomposition related to biotic and abiotic factors are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Choonsig Kim
Guest Editor

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  • Forest soils
  • Litterfall and litter decomposition
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Root production and decomposition
  • Site productivity
  • Soil carbon dynamics
  • Soil organic matter
  • Wood decomposition

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Open AccessArticle Seasonal Variations and Thinning Effects on Soil Phosphorus Fractions in Larix principis-rupprechtii Mayr. Plantations
Forests 2019, 10(2), 172; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10020172
Received: 16 December 2018 / Revised: 5 February 2019 / Accepted: 14 February 2019 / Published: 18 February 2019
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Thinning is a common management practice in forest ecosystems. However, understanding whether thinning treatment will change the availability of phosphorus (P) in soils, and the effect of thinning on the seasonal dynamics of soil P fractions, are still limited. The objective of the [...] Read more.
Thinning is a common management practice in forest ecosystems. However, understanding whether thinning treatment will change the availability of phosphorus (P) in soils, and the effect of thinning on the seasonal dynamics of soil P fractions, are still limited. The objective of the present study was to assess seasonal variations in soil P fractions under different forest thinning management strategies in a Larch (Larix spp.) plantation in northern China. To accomplish this, we examined soil P fractions, soil physical–chemical properties, and litter biomass under control (CK), light (LT), moderate (MT) and high thinning (HT) treatments. Data were collected during the growing season of 2017. We found that most P fractions varied seasonally at different soil depths, with the highest values occurring in the summer and autumn. When compared to CK, MT enhanced the inorganic P (Pi) concentration extracted by resin strip (R-Pi). Labile organic P (Labile Po), moderately labile P and total P (TP) also increased in both MT and HT treatments irrespective of season. In contrast, less-labile Pi and Po fractions were lower in LT than in CK, especially when examining deeper soil layers. Our results suggest that LT leads to a strong ability to utilize Po and less-labile Pi. Moreover, the effect of thinning did not tend to increase with thinning intensity, P availability was maximized at the MT. Ultimately, we show that MT can improve soil P bioavailability and is recommended in Larix principis-rupprechtii Mayr. plantations of North China. Our results emphasize that the effect of thinning management on soil microenvironment is an important basis for evaluating soil nutrients such as soil P bioavailability. Full article
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