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Terrestrial ecosystems buffer inputs through storage and recycling of elements

Spohn, Marie and Aburto, Felipe and Ehlers, Todd A. and Farwig, Nina and Frings, Patrick J. and Hartmann, Henrik and Hoffmann, Thomas and Larsen, Annegret and Oelmann, Yvonne (2021). Terrestrial ecosystems buffer inputs through storage and recycling of elements. Biogeochemistry. 156 , 351-373
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Abstract

This study presents a conceptual framework of buffering through storage and recycling of elements in terrestrial ecosystems and reviews the current knowledge about storage and recycling of elements in plants and ecosystems. Terrestrial ecosystems, defined here as plant-soil systems, buffer inputs from the atmosphere and bedrock through storage and recycling of elements, i.e., they dampen and delay their responses to inputs. Our framework challenges conventional paradigms of ecosystem resistance derived from plant community dynamics, and instead shows that element pools and fluxes have an overriding effect on the sensitivity of ecosystems to environmental change. While storage pools allow ecosystems to buffer variability in inputs over short to intermediate periods, recycling of elements enables ecosystems to buffer inputs over longer periods. The conceptual framework presented here improves our ability to predict the responses of ecosystems to environmental change. This is urgently needed to define thresholds which must not be exceeded to guarantee ecosystem functioning. This study provides a framework for future research to explore the extent to which ecosystems buffer variability in inputs.

Authors/Creators:Spohn, Marie and Aburto, Felipe and Ehlers, Todd A. and Farwig, Nina and Frings, Patrick J. and Hartmann, Henrik and Hoffmann, Thomas and Larsen, Annegret and Oelmann, Yvonne
Title:Terrestrial ecosystems buffer inputs through storage and recycling of elements
Series Name/Journal:Biogeochemistry
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:156
Page range:351-373
Number of Pages:23
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0168-2563
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
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 > Soil Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Element storage, Nutrient recycling, Soil element cycling, Buffer, Storage mobilization
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113789
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113789
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s10533-021-00848-x
Web of Science (WoS)000697760000001
ID Code:26101
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:15 Nov 2021 03:25
Metadata Last Modified:15 Nov 2021 06:01

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