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Soil Solution

The ECN protocol for soil solution (SS)
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Terrestrial

Soil solution chemistry is likely to be affected by physical and chemical changes in the environment and itself to have important effects on ecosytem processes; for example, soil temperature and moisture status strongly influence the microbial activity in soil which controls nutrient release into the soil solution (Swift, Heal & Anderson 1979). In turn, soil solution nutrient status has a major influence on plant productivity and thus on animal productivity.

Replicated suction lysimeters at the base of a & b soil horizons are sampled every two-weeks and analysed fo 15 chemical variables.

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During May we continue with most of the ECN measurements, and as the weather warms up, we start preparing for the additional measurements to be made over the summer.

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Sampling in a frog pool, Snowdon. Photo © CCW
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