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Thinning of beech forests stocking on shallow calcareous soil maintains soil C and N stocks in the long run

Tejedor, J.; Saiz, G.; Rennenberg, H.; Dannenmann, M.

Abstract:
Sustainable forest management should avoid disturbance and volatilization of the soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) stocks both under present and projected future climate. Earlier studies have shown that thinning of European beech forests induces a strong initial perturbation of the soil C and N cycles in shallow Rendzic Leptosol, which consists of lower soil N retention and strongly enhanced gaseous losses observed over several years. Persistence of these effects could decrease soil organic matter (SOM) levels and associated soil functions such as erosion protection, nutrient retention, and fertility. Therefore, we resampled untreated control and thinned stands a decade after thinning at sites representing both typical present day and projected future climatic conditions for European beech forests. We determined soil organic C and total N stocks, as well as δ13C and δ15N as integrators of changes in soil C and N cycles. Thinning did not alter these parameters at any of the sampled sites, indicating that initial effects on soil C and N cycles constitute short-term perturbations. Consequently, thinning may be considered a sustainable b ... mehr


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.3390/f8050167
ISSN: 1999-4907
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-708248
KITopen ID: 1000070824
HGF-Programm 12.02.01; LK 01
Erschienen in Forests
Band 8
Heft 5
Seiten Art. Nr.: 167
Lizenz CC BY 4.0: Creative Commons Namensnennung 4.0 International
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Schlagworte thinning; calcareous soil; soil N cycling; soil C cycling; soil carbon and nitrogen stocks; soil C and N losses; soil N retention
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