Urbanization in China drives soil acidification of Pinus massoniana forests

  title={Urbanization in China drives soil acidification of Pinus massoniana forests},
  author={Juan Huang and Wei Zhang and J. C. Mo and Shizhong Wang and Juxiu Liu and Hao Chen},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
Soil acidification instead of alkalization has become a new environmental issue caused by urbanization. However, it remains unclear the characters and main contributors of this acidification. We investigated the effects of an urbanization gradient on soil acidity of Pinus massoniana forests in Pearl River Delta, South China. The soil pH of pine forests at 20-cm depth had significantly positive linear correlations with the distance from the urban core of Guangzhou. Soil pH reduced by 0.44 unit… CONTINUE READING
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