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Forest soil characteristics and variability under teak (Tectona grandis Linn.F) plantations and natural forests in Ashanti Region, Ghana

dc.contributor.advisorMeyer, W. L.
dc.contributor.authorAmponsah, Isaac Guamah
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-07T20:07:49Z
dc.date.available2017-06-07T20:07:49Z
dc.date.created1998
dc.date.issued1998
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/3086
dc.description.abstractThe variability of forest soil properties and the number of samples required to achieve desired levels of precision for estimation of property means have received little attention in the tropics. Highly variable forest soil properties require more intensive sampling and often have less predictive value for site assessment purposes. The study also compared soils of natural forests and areas converted to teak (Tectona grandis Linn. F) plantations (21.3 ± 5.1 years) in the Offinso and Juaso Forest Districts in the Ashanti region, Ghana. Sites selected for this study were in the moist semi-deciduous forest zone and had nearly identical physiographic characteristics. A simple random sampling procedure was used to obtain soil samples at each site. In each of three natural forest stands and three teak plantations, 16 soil pits were examined and soil samples from the 0-20 (major rooting depth) and 20-40 cm depth were analysed for selected chemical and physical properties. In the 0-20 cm depth, coefficients of variation varied from 8% (pH) to 72% (available P), and in the 20-40 cm depth from 16% (pH) to 116% (available P) under teak plantations. Similarly, in the 0-20 cm depth coefficients of variation varied from 11% (pH) to 40% (exchangeable K) and in the 20-40 cm depth from 10% (bulk density) to 86% (available P) under natural forests. Under both cover types, more samples were required to estimate means at ±10% allowable error with a confidence level of 95% for chemical properties than for physical properties.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectTeak Ghana Ashanti Region
dc.subjectForests and forestry Ghana Ashanti Region
dc.subjectForest soils Ghana Ashanti Region
dc.titleForest soil characteristics and variability under teak (Tectona grandis Linn.F) plantations and natural forests in Ashanti Region, Ghana
dc.typeThesis
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science
etd.degree.levelMaster
etd.degree.disciplineForestry and the Forest Environment
etd.degree.grantorLakehead University


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