Home About Browse Search
Svenska


Impact of deadwood decomposition on soil organic carbon sequestration in Estonian and Polish forests

Błońska, Ewa and Lasota, Jarosław and Tullus, Arvo and Lutter, Reimo and Ostonen, Ivika (2019). Impact of deadwood decomposition on soil organic carbon sequestration in Estonian and Polish forests. Annals of Forest Science. 76 , 1-14
[Journal article]

[img] PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

1MB

Abstract

Key message: The deadwood of different tree species with different decomposition rates affects soil organic carbon sequestration in Estonian and Polish forests. In warmer conditions (Poland), the deadwood decomposition process had a higher rate than in cooler Estonian forests. Soil organic matter fractions analysis can be used to assess the stability and turnover of organic carbon between deadwood and soil in different experimental localities.
Context: Deadwood is an important element of properly functioning forest ecosystem and plays a very important role in the maintenance of biodiversity, soil fertility, and carbon sequestration.
Aims: The main aim was to estimate how decomposition of deadwood of different tree species with different decomposition rates affects soil organic carbon sequestration in Estonian and Polish forests.
Methods: The investigation was carried out in six forests in Poland (51° N) and Estonia (58° N). The study localities differ in their mean annual air temperature (of 2 °C) and the length of the growing season (of 1 month). The deadwood logs of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), common aspen (Populus tremula L.), and silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) were included in the research. Logs in three stages of decomposition (III–V) were selected for the analysis.
Results: There were differences in the stock of soil organic carbon in two experimental localities. There was a higher soil carbon content under logs and in their direct vicinity in Polish forests compared to those in the cooler climate of Estonia. Considerable differences in the amount of soil organic matter were found. The light fraction constituted the greatest quantitative component of organic matter of soils associated with deadwood.
Conclusion: A higher carbon content in surface soil horizons as an effect of deadwood decomposition was determined for the Polish (temperate) forests. More decomposed deadwood affected soil organic matter stabilization more strongly than less decayed deadwood. This relationship was clearer in Polish forests. Higher temperatures and longer growing periods primarily influenced the increase of soil organic matter free light fraction concentrations directly under and in close proximity to logs of the studied species. The slower release of deadwood decomposition products was noted in Estonian (hemiboreal) forests. The soil organic matter mineral fraction increased under aspen and spruce logs at advanced decomposition in Poland.

Authors/Creators:Błońska, Ewa and Lasota, Jarosław and Tullus, Arvo and Lutter, Reimo and Ostonen, Ivika
Title:Impact of deadwood decomposition on soil organic carbon sequestration in Estonian and Polish forests
Year of publishing :2019
Volume:76
Page range:1-14
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:INRAE, Springer
ISSN:1286-4560
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:Carbon accumulation, Decomposition stage, Soil organic matter fractions
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-103711
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-103711
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13595-019-0889-9
ID Code:16585
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:20 Feb 2020 09:24
Metadata Last Modified:20 Feb 2020 09:24

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Downloads

Downloads per year (since September 2012)

View more statistics

Downloads
Hits