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Laboratory of Forest Lands and Biogeochemistry

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Laboratory of Forest Lands and Biogeochemistry

The research and occupation of the laboratory focused on sampling and analysis of soils, plant tissues and waters, study of forest plant nutrition, nutrient cycling, soil taxonomy, mapping and land assessment and determination of risk for soil erosion.


More specifically, the aims of research and study include:

  • Assessment of fertility and productivity of forest soils through sampling and determination of physical and chemical properties of soils. This assessment is different than that of agricultural soils taking into account that many forest species can thrive with low concentrations of nutrient in soils.
  • Determination of nutrient status of forest plants through chemical analysis of needles/leaves and comparison of those values with those of international literature.
  • Quantification of the biogeochemical cycle of nutrients and heavy metals in forest ecosystems. This is accomplished with selection of forest ecosystem components and the quantification of inputs and outputs.
  • Classification, mapping and evaluation of lands for forestry and determination of risk for soil erosion. This is done taking into account the physiography, soil depth, soil parent material, land region, slope aspect and degree of artifialisation of vegetation.







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