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Title: Herbaceous layer development during spring does not deplete soil nitrogen in the portuguese montado
Authors: Otieno, D.O.
Mirzaei, H.
Hussain, M.Z.
Li, Y.L.
Schmidt, M.W.T.
Wartinger, M.
Jung, E.
Ribeiro, N.
Pereira, J.S.
Tenhunen, J.
Keywords: herbaceous vegetation
biomass development
Mediterranean ecosystems
Portuguese montado
plant and soil nitrogen pools
root distribution
nutrient uptake
soil moisture
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: "Journal of Arid Environments". ISSN 0140-1963. 75 (2011) 231-238
Abstract: Nitrogen (N) content in the soil and in the herbaceous biomass were monitored during spring of 2004e2006 to determine how the herbaceous layer development influences soil N availability in the montado ecosystem of southern Portugal. Highest (246.6 52.7 g m 2) and lowest (123.2 89.5 g m 2) peak biomass occurred in 2006 and 2005 respectively. Total soilNwithin the top 20 cmsoil profile ranged between 0.2 0.1% in February and 0.41 0.2% inMay,while available soil N was lowest (5 2 mg g 1soil) in February but increased three-to-five fold in March and was >17.5 mg g 1soil at senescence in May. Significant (p < 0.001) increase in total N in the aboveground pool occurred between February and May. There was however, no decay in soil N content. Instead, the herbaceous vegetation enhanced soil N input and N retention in the ecosystem. Most of the herbaceous plants were annuals with large reserves of organic N at senescence, which returned to the soil as detritus. The herbaceous vegetation is a critical component of the montado that contributes to N recharge and cycling within the ecosystem
Description: Available at ScienceDirect
Peer Reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/4273
ISSN: 0140-1963
Publisher version: www.elsevier.com/locate/jaridenv
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