Introduction - perspective of soil-litter environment in tropical plantation forests in relation to litter, biota and nutrient dynamics, M. Vikram Reddy. Part 1 Litter dynamics: the litter system in African forest-tree plantations, F. Bernhard-Reversat and J.J. Loumeto; litter production and nutrient dynamics in tropical forest plantations of India, J.S. Samra and A. Raizada; tropical plantations with native trees - their function in ecosystem restoration, F. Montagnini; comparative nutrient dynamics with particular reference to litter fall in "Hevea" rubber plantations and lowland tropical rain forests in Asia, I.A.U. Nimal Gunatilleke. Part 2 Biotic dynamics: litter layer dynamics and soil microbial biomass in reforested areas after degradation by bauxite mining in eastern Amazon, Enir S. Costa et al; litter and microbial dynamcis in relation to nutrient cycling in oil-palm ("Elaies guineenis" jacq) ecosystem, N.O. Aisueni and C.E. Airede; decomposition dynamics and nutrient flow in pine forest plantation in central Java, H.A. Verhoef and B. Gunadi; tree plantation and community structure and function of beneficial macro- and micro arthropods of soil litter system, M. Vikram Reddy; tree performance, soil plant-litter characteristics, and faunal activities in some tropical plantations, F.K. Akinnifesi et al; earthworms in tropical tree-plantations - effects of management and relations with soil carbon and nutrient use efficiency, X. Zou and G. Gonzalez. Part 3 Soil-nutrient dynamics: "eucalyptus" plantations in Brazil - their soil nutrient dynamics and management, A. Spangenberg and H. Folster; nitrogen fixing leguminous trees in forestry and agroforestry systems, D.L.N. Rao; nutrient flux control by trees for soil fertility improvement in tropical agroforestry, J. Lehmann; accretion of carbon and nutrients in the forest floor and mineral soil of "Casuarina equisetifolia" plantations the coastal sand dunes of Senegal, D. Mailly and H.A. Margolis.