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Title: Inventory of the earthworm communities and the state of litter decomposition in the forests of flanders, belgium, and its implications for forest management
Authors: Muys, Bart ×
Lust, N #
Issue Date: Dec-1992
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd., The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England
Series Title: Soil biology & biochemistry vol:24 issue:12 pages:1677-1681
Conference: International symposium on earthworm ecology edition:4 location:Avignon date:11-15 June 1990
Abstract: In 25 representative forest stands in Flanders, Belgium, an inventory was made of earthworm activity, litter decomposition and nutrient status. It was found that the dominant tree species is more important in determining the biological and chemical fertility of the stand than the soil texture and the climate. It was clear, however, that neither changing tree species nor liming were wholly successful in activating degraded soils. A global strategy integrating choice of tree species, rectifying nutrient inputs (liming, fertilizing) and earthworm introduction must be worked out to rehabilitate degraded loamy soils. In sandy soils, litter accumulation should not to be considered as unfavourable but as a conservation strategy.
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ISSN: 0038-0717
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
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# (joint) last author

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