Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1976) 23: 129- 130

Letter to the Editor

J. A. Adams  
  1. Soil Bureau, DSIR, Private Bag, Lower Hutt

[First paragraph...]
Volumes 21 and 22 of the Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society contain correspondencel, 2, 3 regarding nutrient relationships in forest soils in New Zealand with particular reference to Figure 2 of "An Ecological Approach to New Zealand's Future". The latest letter in this correspondence3 contains an implied claim that while concentrations of nutrients in a forest litter are higher than that in the mineral soil, amounts of nutrients are always considerably less. Data from the study of Miller5 are used to support this claim. I believe that most readers would assume from the very definite manner in which this claim is made, that this is a universal characteristic of New Zealand forest soils. This is not so.