Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
• Understand the soils as a medium of forest vegetation growth.
• 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
• Understand how water works and its impacts on forest soils.
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, grazing, agricultural cultivation and fires on forest soils. Forest nursery soils. Soils supply plants with inorganic, mineral nutrients in the form of dissolved ions. These mineral nutrients include such metallic elements as potassium, calcium, iron, and copper, as well as such nonmetallic elements as nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus, and boron. The plant takes these elements our of the soil solution and incorporates most of them into the thousands of different organic compounds that constitute plant tissue.
The general chapters of the course are the following:
• Organisms and Ecology of the Soil
• Soil Organic Matter
• Nitrogen and Sulfur Economy of Soils
• Soil Phosphorus and Potassium
• Calcium Magnesium and Micronutrients
• Practical Nutrient Management
• Soil Erosion and its Control
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
2. Διαφάνειες παραδόσεων μαθήματος(μορφή αρχείου pdf)