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Foliar P nutrition of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) depends on the season but remains unaffected by co-cultivation with silver fir (Abies alba Mill.)

Yang, Fengli; Magh, Ruth-Kristina; Ivanković, Mladen; Lanšćak, Miran; Haberstroh, Simon; Du, Baoguo; Dannenmann, Michael; Rennenberg, Heinz; Herschbach, Cornelia

Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and silver fir (Abies alba) are often cultivated in mixed stands and, hence, compete for water and nutrients. Besides nitrogen (N), also phosphorus (P) is an important nutrient for growth and development. Beech trees in Central Europe grow on both P-poor and P-rich soils, thereby showing similar growth and low variation in foliar P. The central aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that variations in foliar P contents of beech are driven by seasonal changes rather than by the competition with silver fir. It was further hypothesized that P contents in silver fir needles depend on needle age and forest site. To test these hypotheses, P contents and P fractions, i.e. organic-bound P (P$_{org}$) and inorganic phosphate P (P$_{i}$), were measured in the foliage of beech trees from pure beech and mixed beech/silver fir plots as well as in needles of silver fir of the mixed plots. The forest sites investigated are located in Central Europe in the Black Forest, Germany, and in Croatia near the south-eastern distribution limit of beech and are all poor in plant-available soil P. The analyses showed that the main driver of P contents and P fractions in beech leaves at all forest sites is the season and that competition with silver fir had no effect. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000120131
Veröffentlicht am 10.06.2020
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1612-4669, 1612-4677
KITopen-ID: 1000120131
HGF-Programm 12.02.01 (POF III, LK 01)
Effects of land use and climate change
Erschienen in European journal of forest research
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 21.05.2020
Schlagwörter Fagus sylvatica, Abies alba, Competition, Phosphorus nutrition, Seasonal changes
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