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High land-use intensity diminishes stability of forage provision of mountain pastures under future climate variability

Berauer, Bernd Josef; Wilfahrt, Peter Allan; Schuchardt, Max Anatol; Schlingmann, Marcus 1; Schucknecht, Anne 1; Jentsch, Anke
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Semi-natural, agriculturally used grasslands provide important ecologic and economic services, such as feed supply. In mountain regions, pastures are the dominant agricultural system and face more severe climate change impacts than lowlands. Climate change threatens ecosystem functions, such as aboveground net primary production [ANPP] and its nutrient content. It is necessary to understand the impacts of climate change and land-management on such ecosystems to develop management practices to sustainably maintain provision of ecosystem services under future climatic conditions. We studied the effect of climate change and different land-use intensities on plant-soil communities by the downslope translocation of plant-soil mesocosms along an elevation gradient in 2016, and the subsequent application of two management types (extensive vs. intensive). Communities’ response to ANPP and leaf carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) content was quantified over the subsequent two years after translocation. ANPP increased with warming in 2017 under both management intensities, but this effect was amplified by intensive land-use management. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000133845
Veröffentlicht am 14.06.2021
DOI: 10.3390/agronomy11050910
Zitationen: 7
Zitationen: 6
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2073-4395
KITopen-ID: 1000133845
HGF-Programm 12.11.23 (POF IV, LK 01) Adaptation of managed landscapes to climate change
Erschienen in Agronomy
Verlag MDPI
Band 11
Heft 5
Seiten 910
Schlagwörter climate change; grassland; land management; pasture; montane; nitrogen; primary production; stoichiometry
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