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Nitrogen content of forest floor Oa layers affects carbon pathways and nitrogen mineralization

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Michel, Kerstin ; Matzner, Egbert:
Nitrogen content of forest floor Oa layers affects carbon pathways and nitrogen mineralization.
In: Soil Biology & Biochemistry. Vol. 34 (2002) Issue 11 . - pp. 1807-1813.
ISSN 0038-0717
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0038-0717(02)00170-0

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As a consequence of chronically high N depositions in forest ecosystems, the C-to-N ratio of forest floors has narrowed in many forest ecosystems. This might affect the sequestration of soil C and the partitioning of C during decomposition. We investigated samples from Oa layers of 15 different forest floors under Norway spruce (Picea abies Karst. L.) with varying C-to-N ratios in respect to soil respiration, N mineralization and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) release under standardized laboratory conditions. Samples were incubated aerobically at 15 °C and water holding capacity over a period of 10 months. Soil respiration decreased significantly with decreasing C-to-N and increasing N content. The release of DOC increased with increasing C-to-N ratio, while N-mineralization was not affected by C-to-N ratio and N content. Our results support the hypothesis that low C-to-N ratios in later stages of decomposition stabilize soil organic matter and that chronically high N deposition will lead to increased accumulation of C in forest floors. Author Keywords: Decomposition; C-to-N ratio; Forest floor; Respiration; Dissolved organic carbon; Norway spruce; C-sequestration

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER9787
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Soil Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Former Professors > Chair Soil Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Egbert Matzner
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 06:12
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 06:12
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/18027