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How Mechanical Disturbances Affect Soil Respiration Rates in Urban Forests Five to Eleven Years After Development

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dc.contributor.advisor Corry, Rob
dc.contributor.author Gauvreau, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-04T21:12:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-04T21:12:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-05
dc.date.created 2017-05-02
dc.date.issued 2017-05-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10388
dc.description.abstract Urban forests are a valuable resource which provide ecological services and functions. The integrity of an urban forest patch can be affected long-term by soil disturbances associated with urban land development, such as: topsoil clearing and soil compaction. The purpose of this exploratory study is to analyze soil microbial activity of forested urban areas following land development with known disturbance histories. Three sites in Guelph, ON, with soil disturbance histories between 5 and 11 years ago were used to compare soil microbial activity. Soils from forests after mechanical disturbance and controls were measured for respiration rates in forest patches using a 24-hour soil CO2 test. Disturbed soils from 5, 7, and 11 years after disturbance had lower respiration values compared to controls. Impacted soil biology can be easily tested for and should be considered by landscape architects to plan for more resilient urban forests. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Urban Land Development en_US
dc.subject Solvita 24hr CO2 Test en_US
dc.subject Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.subject Soil Microbiome en_US
dc.title How Mechanical Disturbances Affect Soil Respiration Rates in Urban Forests Five to Eleven Years After Development en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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