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    Author(s): Larry D. Cribben; Dina D. Scacchetti
    Date: 1976
    Source: In: Dochinger, L. S.; Seliga, T. A., eds. Proceedings of the first international symposium on acid precipitation and the forest ecosystem; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-23. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 979-990
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Quantitative data were obtained for arboreal species within 50 lowland forests in southeastern Ohio. Thirty-seven communities were dominated by Betula nigra L. and 13 were dominated by Acer saccharinum L. The acidic soils collected from B. nigra communities contained toxic concentrations of exchangeable aluminum and low concentrations of calcium and magnesium. Tree species diversity (Shannon-Weaver index) and species equitability were inversely related to high concentrations of exchangeable aluminum and hydrogen and directly related to high concentrations of exchangeable calcium and magnesium and an increase in soil pH.

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    Cribben, Larry D.; Scacchetti, Dina D. 1976. Diversity in tree species in southeastern Ohio Betula nigra L. communities. In: Dochinger, L. S.; Seliga, T. A., eds. Proceedings of the first international symposium on acid precipitation and the forest ecosystem; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-23. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 979-990

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