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Carbon cycling in a mountain ash forest: Analysis of below ground respiration

Martin, D., Beringer, Jason, Hutley, Lindsay B. and McHugh, Ian (2007). Carbon cycling in a mountain ash forest: Analysis of below ground respiration. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology,147(1-Feb):58-70.

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IRMA ID 73195523xPUB28
Title Carbon cycling in a mountain ash forest: Analysis of below ground respiration
Author Martin, D.
Beringer, Jason
Hutley, Lindsay B.
McHugh, Ian
Journal Name Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 147
Issue Number 1-Feb
ISSN 1873-2240   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-34548495060
Start Page 58
End Page 70
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 0607 - Plant Biology
0401 - Atmospheric Sciences
0705 - Forestry Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Soils are responsible for storing up to 75% of forest carbon uptake making them extremely large carbon pools. However, soil carbon is eventually released to the atmosphere by below ground respiration, consisting of soil respiration (microbial activity) and root respiration, which is influenced by environmental climate variables (soil temperature and moisture), soil characteristics (chemical and physical properties) and stand characteristics (stand age). We investigated the impact of stand age of cool temperate mountain ash forests (E. regnans) in Wallaby Creek, Victoria on carbon cycling between the soil and atmosphere using a chronosequence of three sites of different ages (regrowth from bushfires in 1730, 1926 and 1983). Below ground respiration was measured between January (Summer) and May (Autumn) in 2005 across all three sites, with the highest rates found in the old growth forest (5.3 μmol CO2 m-2 s-1) and with lowest rates in the youngest site (2.9 μmol CO2 m-2 s-1). Within sites, below ground respiration rates increased with temperature, with Q10 values ranging between 1.42 and 1.55. Rates were further influenced by soil moisture, and soil physical and chemical properties, including root biomass and levels of soil carbon. Litterfall was also measured and was highest at the youngest site (140 g biomass m-2 month-1) and lowest (92 g biomass m-2 month-1) at the old growth site. Greater understanding of forest carbon cycling will result in an improved understanding of forests and their influence on global warming.
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