Nutrient loss and redistribution after forest clearing on a highly weathered soil in Amazonia

1 de agosto de 2004

ago 1, 2004

Daniel Markewitz, Eric Davidson, Paulo Moutinho, Daniel Nepstad

Over the past three decades, tropical forest clearing and burning have greatly altered the Amazonian landscape by increasing the cover of pastures and secondary forests. The alteration of biogeochemical processes on these lands is of particular interest on highly weathered Oxisols that cover large areas in the region because of concerns regarding possible nutrient limitation in agricultural land uses and during forest regrowth. The objectives of this study were to quantify (1) the reaccumulation of nutrients in biomass of secondary land uses, (2) changes in soil nutrient contents, (3) internal nutrient cycles, and (4) input–output budgets for the landscape mosaic.

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