Effect of dolomite fertilization on nutritional status of seedlings and soil properties in forest nursery
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Faculty of Forestry, Department of Ecology and Silviculture, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Polska
Greenspace Authority, Kraków Municipal, Polska
Submission date: 2020-06-26
Final revision date: 2020-10-14
Acceptance date: 2021-01-07
Online publication date: 2021-02-18
Publication date: 2021-02-18
Corresponding author
Marta Kempf   

Faculty of Forestry, Department of Ecology and Silviculture, University of Agriculture in Krakow, 29 Listopada 46, 31-425, Krakow, Polska
Soil Sci. Ann., 2021, 72(1)132236
The aim of the study was to determine the effect of dolomite fertilization on the properties of soils in the forest nursery and to determine the nutritional status of two species seedlings: the common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) and pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) The study was carried out in the area of a forest nursery in the Polanów Forest District (northern Poland). Mineral fertilization with dolomite in the amount of 2200 kg/ha was applied on the experimental plots. One and two years after the fertilization, soil properties were evaluated and the the amount of nutrients in the leavesof seedlings was determined. The pH, C and N content, content of exchangeable basic cations, mineral nitrogen forms and enzymatic activity were determined in the soil samples. The content of macro and microelements was determined in the leaves of the tested species. The study conducted confirmed the beneficial effect of applied dolomite fertilization. Fertilization reduced acidification, increased Mg content and improved enzyme activity. In the case of both species, an improvement in the nutritional status was recorded one and two years after fertilization. A positive effect of the conducted fertilization was a decrease in the manganese content in beech and oak leaves. There was a significant correlation between the content of manganese in the leaves of the studied species and the content of magnesium in the soils. The enzymatic activity reacts to changes in the soil environment caused by dolomite fertilization.
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