Ecosystems: Forest Nutrient Cycling

Authored by: Neil W. Foster , Jagtar S. Bhatti

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRL-120001709

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Abstract

Forest trees make less demand on the soil for nutrients than annual crops because a large proportion of absorbed nutrients are returned annually to the soil in leaf and fine root litter and are reabsorbed after biological breakdown of litter materials. This entry provides an overview of that cycle.

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