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Effects of rain shortage on carbon allocation, pools and fluxes in a mediterranean shrub ecosystem : A¹³C labeling field study

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Gavrichkova, Olga ; Liberati, Dario ; de Dato, Giovanbattista ; Jaoudé, Renée A. ; Brugnoli, Enrico ; De Angelis, Paolo ; Guidolotti, Gabriele ; Pausch, Johanna ; Spohn, Marie ; Tian, Jing ; Kuzyakov, Yakov:
Effects of rain shortage on carbon allocation, pools and fluxes in a mediterranean shrub ecosystem : A¹³C labeling field study.
In: Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 627 (2018) . - pp. 1242-1252.
ISSN 1879-1026
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.311

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Hydrological cycle is expected to become the primary cause of ecosystem's degradation in near future under changing climate. Rain manipulation experiments under field conditions provide accurate picture on the responses of biotic processes to changed water availability for plants. A field experiment, mimicking expected changes in rain patterns, was established in a Mediterranean shrub community at Porto Conte, Italy, in 2001. In November 2011 Cistus monspeliensis, one of the dominating shrub species in the Mediterranean basin, was ¹³C labelled on plots subjected to extended rain shortage period and on control non manipulated plots. Carbon (C) allocation was traced by ¹³C dynamics in shoots, shoot-respired CO₂, roots, microbial biomass, K₂SO₄-extractable C and CO₂ respired from soil.
Most of the recovered ¹³C (60%) was respired by shoots within 2 weeks in control plots. In rain shortage treatment, ¹³C remained incorporated in aboveground plant parts. Residence time of ¹³C in leaves was longer under the rain shortage because less 13C was lost by shoot respiration and because ¹³C was re-allocated to leaves from woody tissues. The belowground C sink was weak (3–4% of recovered ¹³C) and independent on rain manipulation. Extended rain shortage promoted C exudation into rhizosphere soil in expense of roots. Together with lowered photosynthesis, this “save” economy of new C metabolites reduces the growing season under rain shortage resulting in decrease of shrub cover and C losses from the system on the long-term.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER144824
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
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 > Chair Soil Ecology > Lehrstuhl Bodenökologie - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Lehndorff
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 07:06
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 07:06
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48173