Interrelationship between soil depth and soil properties of Pieniny National Park forest (Poland)

Justyna Sokołowska , Agnieszka Józefowska , Karolina Woźnica , Tomasz Zaleski


The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between soil biota such as microbial activity, soil fauna (e.g., earthworms and enchytraeids), and soil physical and chemical properties. The study area was located in Pieniny National Park (PNP) in the Carpathian Mountains in southern Poland. Soil samples were collected from six forest monitoring areas of PNP from two soil layers (at 0–15 cm and 15–30 cm down, respectively). The investigated soils were classified to eutric cambisols and had silt or silt loam soil texture. Upon analysis, soil aggregate stability index was connected with other physical, chemical, and biological soil properties. It was noted that the stability index of 3 mm to 5 mm soil aggregates influenced pH and dissolved organic carbon. The stability index of 2 mm to 3 mm soil aggregates was positively correlated with dissolved organic carbon, soil moisture, microbial biomass carbon, total organic carbon, total nitrogen, and enchytraeid density, and negatively correlated with bulk density, particle density, porosity, and permanent wilting point. The stability index of 1 mm to 2 mm soil aggregates was positively correlated with total nitrogen, enchytraeid and earthworm density and negatively correlated with particle density, porosity, and permanent wilting point. The study has shown what factors create a stable soil structure in the forest soils of PNP.
Author Justyna Sokołowska (FoAaE / IoSSaA)
Justyna Sokołowska,,
- Institute of Soil Science and Agrophysics
, Agnieszka Józefowska (FoAaE / IoSSaA)
Agnieszka Józefowska,,
- Institute of Soil Science and Agrophysics
, Karolina Woźnica (FoAaE / IoSSaA)
Karolina Woźnica,,
- Institute of Soil Science and Agrophysics
, Tomasz Zaleski (FoAaE / IoSSaA)
Tomasz Zaleski,,
- Institute of Soil Science and Agrophysics
Journal seriesJournal of Mountain Science, ISSN 1672-6316, e-ISSN 1993-0321, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in EnglishAggregate stability, Forest soils, Microorganisms, Earthworms, Enchytraeids, Physical properties, Chemical properties
ASJC Classification3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 1904 Earth-Surface Processes; 1907 Geology; 2306 Global and Planetary Change; 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Internal identifierWRE/2019/59
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.693; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.423 (2) - 2018=1.613 (5)
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FinansowanieThis Research was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, No. BM — 4175/17 and BM — 2111/18.
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