Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 351–366, 2019

Special issue: Quantifying weathering rates for sustainable forestry (BG/SOIL...

SOIL, 5, 351–366, 2019

Short communication 10 Dec 2019

Short communication | 10 Dec 2019

Base cations in the soil bank: non-exchangeable pools may sustain centuries of net loss to forestry and leaching

Nicholas P. Rosenstock et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Sep 2019) by Boris Jansen
AR by Nicholas Rosenstock on behalf of the Authors (14 Oct 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (14 Oct 2019) by Boris Jansen
ED: Publish as is (16 Oct 2019) by Jorge Mataix-Solera(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Biofuel harvests from forests involve large removals of available nutrients, necessitating accurate measurements of soil nutrient stocks. We found that dilute hydrochloric acid extractions from soils released far more Ca, Na, and K than classical salt–extracted exchangeable nutrient pools. The size of these acid–extractable pools may indicate that forest ecosystems could sustain greater biomass extractions of Ca, Mg, and K than are predicted from salt–extracted exchangeable base cation pools.