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Author (up) Sardans, J.; Urbina, I.; Grau, O.; Asensio, D.; Ogaya, R.; Peñuelas, J. doi  openurl
  Title Long-term drought decreases ecosystem C and nutrient storage in a Mediterranean holm oak forest Type Journal Article
  Year 2020 Publication Environmental and Experimental Botany Abbreviated Journal Environ. Exp. Bot.  
  Volume 177 Issue 104135 Pages  
  Keywords Aridity; Carbon stocks; Climate change; Nitrogen; Phosphorus; Potassium; Stoichiometry; carbon sequestration; deciduous forest; drought; experimental study; forest soil; long-term change; Mediterranean environment; net ecosystem exchange; nutrient cycling; shrub; stoichiometry; Mediterranean Sea; Phillyrea latifolia  
  Abstract Aridity has increased in recent decades in the Mediterranean Basin and is projected to continue to increase in the coming decades. We studied the consequences of drought on the concentrations, stoichiometries and stocks of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in leaves, foliar litter of a three dominant woody species and soil of a Mediterranean montane holm oak forest where soil-water content was experimentally reduced (15 % lower than the control plots) for 15 years. Nitrogen stocks were lower in the drought plots than in the control plots (8.81 ± 1.01 kg ha−1 in the forest canopy and 856 ± 120 kg ha−1 in the 0−15 cm soil layer), thus representing 7 and 18 % lower N stocks in the canopy and soil respectively. δ15N was consistently higher under drought conditions in all samples, indicating a general loss of N. Foliar C and K stocks were also lower but to a lesser extent than N. Decreases in biomass and C and N stocks due to drought were smallest for the most dominant tall shrub, Phillyrea latifolia, so our results suggest a lower capacity of this forest to store C and nutrients but also substantial resulting changes in forest structure with increasing drought. © 2020 Elsevier B.V.  
  Address Cirad, UMR EcoFoG (AgroParisTech, CNRS, Inra, Univ Antilles, Univ Guyane), Campus Agronomique, Kourou, 97310, French Guiana  
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  Publisher Elsevier B.V. Place of Publication Editor  
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  ISSN 00988472 (Issn) ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
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  Call Number EcoFoG @ webmaster @ Serial 954  
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