J Soils Sediments (2017) 17:2296–2304 DOI 10.1007/s11368-016-1491-5 2015 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FOREST SOILS How environmental and vegetation factors affect spatial patterns of soil carbon and nitrogen in a subtropical mixed forest in Central China 1,2 1,2 1 1,2 1 Qianxi Li & Xinggang Wang & Mingxi Jiang & Yu Wu & Xiaolu Yang & 1,2 1 Chang Liao & Feng Liu Received: 31 January 2016 /Accepted: 23 June 2016 /Published online: 4 July 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 Abstract interactions among these variables were discovered. Purpose Soil properties are highly heterogeneous in forest Compared with surface soil, the explanatory power of envi- ecosystems, which poses difficulties in estimating soil carbon ronmental variables was much lower for subsurface soil. (C) and nitrogen (N) pools. However, little is known about the Conclusions The differences in relative contributions be- relative contributions of environmental factors and vegetation tween surface and subsurface soils suggest that the dominating to spatial variations in soil C and N, especially in highly di- ecological process are likely different in the two soil depths. verse mixed forests. Here, we examined the spatial variations The large unexplained variation emphasized the importance of of soil organic carbon (SOC) and total nitrogen
Journal of Soils and Sediments – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 4, 2016
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