The effect of liming on quantity and chemical composition of soil organic matter in a pine forest in Berlin, Germany

  title={The effect of liming on quantity and chemical composition of soil organic matter in a pine forest in Berlin, Germany},
  author={Bernd Marschner and Andrzej Wilczynski},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
The study was carried out in a 40-yr old pine plantation on a Cambic Arenosol within the urban area of Berlin. Lime application (6.1 t ha-1) has led to a pH increase in the forest floor from 3.3 to 5.5 within one year and to a strong stimulation of macrofaunal and microbiological activity. Three years after liming, the C:N ratio of the forest floor decreased from 28 to 25 and P, Pb, Zn, Cu and Cd concentrations in organic matter increased significantly. The organic C pool of the forest floor… CONTINUE READING
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