A New Method for Sampling Overwintering Plants in Frozen Soil

Suzuki, M.; Mackenzie, D.N.

Canadian Journal of Plant Science 59(2): 549-550


ISSN/ISBN: 0008-4220
DOI: 10.4141/cjps79-092
Accession: 068494025

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A number of methods for sampling plants in frozen soil were evaluated. A new method using a portable gas-powered, concrete cut-off saw equipped with a carborundum disc was the most satisfactory. The saw was capable of cutting hard-frozen soil having a high content of sand and stones to a depth of 12 cm at a speed of about 1 m/min. The extraction of one hard-frozen hexahedral soil sample was completed by one man within 5 min.