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KLEINPAUL, Isabel Sandra et al. Adequate sampling for collection of litter accumulated on the soil in Pinus elliottii engelm, Eucalyptus sp. And seasonal deciduous forest. Rev. Árvore [online]. 2005, vol.29, n.6, pp. 965-972. ISSN 0100-6762. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-67622005000600016.
This study determined the sample sufficiency for the collection of litter accumulated on the soil, in Pinus elliottii and Eucalyptus sp. stands, planted in the Campus of the Federal University of Santa Maria and a Seasonal Deciduous Forest, located at the "Morro do Elefante", Santa Maria - RS. To carry out this study, 100 samples were collected per site, using a square frame (25 cm2), totaling 300 samples. The samples were separated in the following fractions: needles or leaves, branches, reproductive structures, barks and wastes. Based on the dry weights of each fraction, a statistical analysis was carried out, aiming the stabilization of the coefficient of variation (CV%). For Pinus elliotti, "needles" was the fraction that contributed the most, 57.2%; for the Eucalyptus sp., the branches contributed with 38.8%; and for the Seasonal Deciduous Forest the leaves contributed with 46.9%. The highest CV% in Pinus elliottii was for the wastes, followed by the reproductive structures. In Eucalyptus sp. the highest CV% was for barks, followed by branches. In the Seasonal Deciduous Forest, the barks had the highest CV%. The sample sufficiency for Pinus elliotti was 40, so this stand needed fewer samples to stabilize the CV%. For Eucalyptus sp. the sample sufficiency was 70, and in the Seasonal Deciduous Forest 80 samples were needed.
Keywords : Forest experimentation; nutrient cycling; coefficient of variation.