Evidence for sustainable plantation forestry

Nutritional sustainability of Eucalyptus plantations: A case study at Karkloof, South Africa

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 195, issue 1, 2002 , pages: 63–72
DOI: 10.1080/20702620.2002.10434605
Author(s): Ben du Toit, South Africa, MaryC. Scholes,


The nutritional sustainability of a short-rotation Eucalyptus grandis plantation system was evaluated in a trial located at Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal, South Mrica, by determining nutrient pools and fluxes. Nutrient pools in the forest floor and biomass (above- and below-ground) were assessed by destructive sampling. The size of nutrient pools in the soil that approximate to readily available and potentially available fractions was estimated from chemical extractions. An approximate nutrient input-output budget was constructed.

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