Forest Soil Science

Course Information
TitleΔΑΣΙΚΗ ΕΔΑΦΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Forest Soil Science
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000157

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able: • Understand the soils as a medium of forest vegetation growth.Study of soil profile • Understand the basic functions of the soil organisms and the ecology of the forest soils. • To know the importance and the cycle decomposition of organic matter in forest soils. • To know about the soil nutrients and ways of managing them to improve the fertility and productivity of forest soils. • Understand how water works and its impacts on forest soils.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Soil as a medium for forest vegetation growth. Biological properties of forest soils, organic matter - forest floor - soil organisms. Nutrient recycling in forest-soil ecosystems. Forest soils and hydrological cycle. Effects of clear-cutting and thinning, on forest soils. The general chapters of the course are the following: 1. The soils of Halkidiki: Formation, Management and Restoration of their Functions. 2. Soil classification principles.Factors affecting soil quality (group exercise). 3. Examination, description and sampling of soils. 4. Influence of vegetation on the formation of soil properties. Examination and description of soil properties under the influence of grassland and forest vegetation (group exercise). 5. Soil profile excavation, description and assessment of the soil properties and completion of a soil description sheet (exercise in groups of 7 persons).
Forest soils, organic matter, nutrients
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
They will be used gps navigation devices
Course Organization
Written assigments18
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. N.C.BRADY, R.R. WEIL:ΕΔΑΦΟΛΟΓΙΑ, η φύση και οι ιδιότητες των εδαφών, Εκδόσεις, ΕΜΒΡΥΟ - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑΔΗΣ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΟΣ, 2011 ISBN 9789608002623, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 12536597
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