Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 189–204, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-189-2019
SOIL, 5, 189–204, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-189-2019

Original research article 23 Jul 2019

Original research article | 23 Jul 2019

Distribution of phosphorus fractions with different plant availability in German forest soils and their relationship with common soil properties and foliar P contents

Jörg Niederberger et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Jun 2019) by Stuart Grandy
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Jul 2019) by Johan Six(Executive Editor)
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Phosphorus (P) seems to be a limiting factor for forest nutrition. At many German forest sites, trees show a deficiency in P nutrition. However, total soil P is an inadequate predictor to explain this malnutrition. We examined if soil properties such as pH, SOC, and soil texture may be used to predict certain P pools in large forest soil inventories. Models using soil properties and P pools with different bioavailability are not yet adequate to explain the P nutrition status in tree foliage.