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Can stands of fern Athyrium distentifolium reduce leaching of base cations from soil similarly as grass stands do in mountain areas under enhanced nitrogen input?

Author(s): Ivan Tůma | Karel Fiala | Petr Holub

Journal: Časopis Beskydy
ISSN 1803-2451

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 179;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Beskydy Mts. | Ca2+ | lysimetric water | Mg2+ | pH

The first results of lysimetric studies indicate that in stands of fern A. distentifolium, even at higher input of nitrogen, leaching of basic cations (Ca2+, Mg2+) from soil was lower than that from bare soil without ferns. Acidity of lysimetric waters was also lower. Thus populations of Athyrium distentifolium /Opiz/ fern seem to play an important role on deforested area affected by higher nitrogen depositions.

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