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soil sampling, texture, sterilization, greenhouse, nitrogen, soil core
Increasingly biologists and ecologists are becoming aware of the vital importance of soil to processes observed above ground and are incorporating soil analyses into their research. Because of the dynamic and heterogeneous nature of soil, proper incorporation of soil analysis into ecological studies requires knowledge and planning. Unfortunately, many ecologists may not be current (or trained at all) in soil science.We provide this review, based on our cumulative >60 years of work in soil science,to help familiarize researchers with essential information to appropriately incorporate soil analyses into ecological studies. Specifically, we provide a brief introduction into soils and then discuss issues related to soil sterilization, choosing a soil for a greenhouse project, sampling soils, and soil analyses.
Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
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Perkins, Lora; Blank, Robert R.; Ferguson, Scot D.; Johnson, Dale W.; Lindemann, William C.; and Rau, Ben M., "Quick Start Guide to Soil Methods for Ecologists" (2013). Natural Resource Management Faculty Publications. 101.
This work was published in Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 15:237-244