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Carbon and nitrogen losses from soil depend on degradation of Tibetan Kobresia pastures

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Liu, Shibin ; Schleuss, Per-Marten ; Kuzyakov, Yakov:
Carbon and nitrogen losses from soil depend on degradation of Tibetan Kobresia pastures.
In: Land Degradation & Development. Vol. 28 (2016) Issue 4 . - pp. 1253-1262.
ISSN 1099-145X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2522

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Degradation of Kobresia pygmaea pastures has strongly increased on the Tibetan Plateau over the last few decades and contributed to a high loss of soil organic carbon and nutrients. The pathways of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) losses from degraded K. pygmaea pastures are still unclear, but this is a prerequisite to assess the recovery of Tibetan grasslands. We investigated the response of day- and nighttime CO2 efflux and leaching of dissolved organic C and N, NH4+ and NO3- from K. pygmaea root mats in three degradation stages: living root mat, dying root mat and dead root mat. Dying root mat had the highest C loss as CO2 and as leached dissolved organic carbon. This indicates K. pygmaea pastures shift from a C sink to a C source following plant death. In contrast, living root mat had the lowest daytime CO2 efflux (0·38 ± 0·1 µg C g−1 h−1) because CO2 was assimilated via photosynthesis. Nighttime CO2 efflux positively correlated with soil moisture for living and dead root mats. It indicates that increasing precipitation might accelerate C losses due to enhanced soil organic carbon decomposition. Furthermore, dead root mat had the highest average NO3− loss (23 ± 2·6 mg N L−1) from leaching compared with other root mats. Consequently, leaching increases the negative impacts of pasture degradation on N availability in these often N limited ecosystems and thus impedes the recovery of K. pastures following degradation. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER138931
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Soil Ecology
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
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
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 12:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 12:39
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/41309