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Nitrogen uptake by Hylocomium splendens during snowmelt in a boreal forest
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
2008 (English)In: Ecoscience, Vol. 15, no 3, 315-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In most boreal regions snow composes a large portion of the annual precipitation. Although many boreal forest floor bryophytes depend largely on precipitation for their nitrogen (N) supply, bryophyte uptake of snow N little explored. We studied chemical forms of plant-accessible N in snowmelt, as well as the temporal dynamics of their release. In conjuction we performed a N uptake experiment using the common boreal bryophyte Hylocomium splendens. the results demonstrated that the snowmelt N pool was dominated by NO3 (86%), followed by NH4+ (11%) and amino acid N (3%), in total providing ca 0.3 kg N.ha(-1) to the forest floor vegetation. Hylocomium splendens was able to access both inorganic and organic N-15 labelled N forms (NO3-, NH4+, and glycine) applied in situ to the snow covering the moss prior to snowmelt. Across all the N forms H. splendens took up ca 24% of the snow-deposited N. Nitrate uptake exceeded that of glycine, while NH4+ uptake was intermediate, reflecting the ambient distribution of the snowmelt N pool between plant-accessible N forms.

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2008. Vol. 15, no 3, 315-319 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11343DOI: doi:10.2980/15-3-3141OAI: diva2:151014
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-16 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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