Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 50, Issue 12, pp 1515–1534 | Cite as

Dynamics of Soil Properties and Plant Composition during Postagrogenic Evolution in Different Bioclimatic Zones

  • V. M. TelesninaEmail author
  • I. N. Kurganova
  • V. O. Lopes de Gerenyu
  • L. A. Ovsepyan
  • V. I. Lichko
  • A. M. Ermolaev
  • D. M. Mirin
Degradation, Rehabilitation, and Conservation of Soils


The postagrogenic dynamics of acidity and some parameters of humus status have been studied in relation to the restoration of zonal vegetation in southern taiga (podzolic and soddy-podzolic soils (Retisols)), coniferous-broadleaved (subtaiga) forest (gray forest soil (Luvic Phaeozem)), and forest-steppe (gray forest soil (Haplic Phaeozem)) subzones. The most significant transformation of the studied properties of soils under changing vegetation has been revealed for poor sandy soils of southern taiga. The degree of changes in the content and stocks of organic carbon, the enrichment of humus in nitrogen, and acidity in the 0- to 20-cm soil layer during the postagrogenic evolution decreases from north to south. The adequate reflection of soil physicochemical properties in changes of plant cover is determined by the climatic zone and the land use pattern. A correlation between the changes in the soil acidity and the portion of acidophilic species in the plant cover is revealed for the southern taiga subzone. A positive relationship is found between the content of organic carbon and the share of species preferring humus-rich soils in the forest-steppe zone.


postagrogenic soils vegetation demutation carbon pool soil acidity biodiversity ecologicalcenotic scales southern-taiga coniferous-broadleaved and forest-steppe zones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Telesnina
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. N. Kurganova
    • 2
  • V. O. Lopes de Gerenyu
    • 2
  • L. A. Ovsepyan
    • 2
  • V. I. Lichko
    • 2
  • A. M. Ermolaev
    • 2
  • D. M. Mirin
    • 3
  1. 1.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil ScienceRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow oblastRussia
  3. 3.St. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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