Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 12, 3415–3428, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 3415–3428, 2015

Research article 05 Jun 2015

Research article | 05 Jun 2015

Use of near-infrared spectroscopy to assess phosphorus fractions of different plant availability in forest soils

J. Niederberger et al.


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Short summary
The analysis of soil phosphorus (P) in fractions of different plant availability is a common approach to characterize the P status of forest soils. However, quantification of organic and inorganic P fractions is very labour intensive and therefore rarely applied for large sample numbers. Prediction of P fractions with NIRS can be a promising approach to replace conventional analysis, if models are developed for sets of soil samples with similar physical and chemical properties.
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