Inorganic Concentrations in the Wood of Eastern Redcedar Grown on Different Sites


  • Richard P. Guyette
  • Bruce E. Cutter
  • Gray S. Henderson


Eastern redcedar, inorganics, ICP, NAA, soil types


Samples of eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) growing on soils derived from five parent materials—rhyolite, dolomite, limestone, sandstone, and chert—were analyzed for levels of inorganics in sapwood and heartwood. Eighteen elements were detected in sapwood using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Neutron activation analysis was also used to determine concentrations of an additional six elements in heartwood. No difference was found between results obtained by the two analytical methods. Conventional wet chemistry techniques were used to determine nitrogen and sulfur concentrations in some samples.


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