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Spatio-temporal litterfall dynamics in a 60-year-old mixed deciduous forest

Jeroen Staelens UGent, Lieven Nachtergale, An De Schrijver UGent, Margot Vanhellemont UGent, Karen Wuyts UGent and Kris Verheyen UGent (2011) ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE. 68(1). p.89-98
abstract
Introduction : To increase our understanding of litterfall dynamics in mixed-species forests, seasonal and annual variations in litterfall mass and nutrient concentrations were assessed for a 60-year-old spontaneously developed forest dominated by silver birch (Betula pendula Roth), pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.), and northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) in Belgium. Results : Total quantities and seasonal patterns of most litterfall fractions were similar over the 29-month study period, but the species differed in start and duration of their leaf shedding period. The spatial distribution of litterfall persisted over the years for leaves, but not for total litterfall because of the varying spatial pattern of fallen twigs and reproductive structures. Consequently, predicting humus build-up based on short-term litterfall measurements may be difficult in mixed forests. Nutrient concentrations in leaf litter differed considerably between the species and throughout the year, but the seasonal pattern did not depend on the species. Betula returned significantly more nutrients to the soil per mass unit than Quercus, except for sodium. Conclusion : As the present stand conditions only allow recruitment of Q. rubra, Betula is being outcompeted, which decreases the nutrient return to the soil and may negatively affect biogeochemical cycling.
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L., STANDS, BEECH, DECOMPOSITION, COMMON GARDEN, NORWAY SPRUCE, NUTRIENT RESORPTION, HARDWOOD FOREST, LEAF-LITTER, Betula, Quercus, Nutrient cycling, Litterfall
journal title
ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE
Ann. For. Sci.
volume
68
issue
1
pages
89 - 98
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Article
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000290447600010
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FORESTRY
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1.788 (2011)
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9/59 (2011)
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1 (2011)
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1286-4560
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10.1007/s13595-011-0010-5
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English
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2950416
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2950416
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2012-06-30 14:27:39
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  abstract     = {Introduction : To increase our understanding of litterfall dynamics in mixed-species forests, seasonal and annual variations in litterfall mass and nutrient concentrations were assessed for a 60-year-old spontaneously developed forest dominated by silver birch (Betula pendula Roth), pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.), and northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) in Belgium. 
Results : Total quantities and seasonal patterns of most litterfall fractions were similar over the 29-month study period, but the species differed in start and duration of their leaf shedding period. The spatial distribution of litterfall persisted over the years for leaves, but not for total litterfall because of the varying spatial pattern of fallen twigs and reproductive structures. Consequently, predicting humus build-up based on short-term litterfall measurements may be difficult in mixed forests. Nutrient concentrations in leaf litter differed considerably between the species and throughout the year, but the seasonal pattern did not depend on the species. Betula returned significantly more nutrients to the soil per mass unit than Quercus, except for sodium. 
Conclusion : As the present stand conditions only allow recruitment of Q. rubra, Betula is being outcompeted, which decreases the nutrient return to the soil and may negatively affect biogeochemical cycling.},
  author       = {Staelens, Jeroen and Nachtergale, Lieven and De Schrijver, An and Vanhellemont, Margot and Wuyts, Karen and Verheyen, Kris},
  issn         = {1286-4560},
  journal      = {ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {L.,STANDS,BEECH,DECOMPOSITION,COMMON GARDEN,NORWAY SPRUCE,NUTRIENT RESORPTION,HARDWOOD FOREST,LEAF-LITTER,Betula,Quercus,Nutrient cycling,Litterfall},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {89--98},
  title        = {Spatio-temporal litterfall dynamics in a 60-year-old mixed deciduous forest},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13595-011-0010-5},
  volume       = {68},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Staelens, Jeroen, Lieven Nachtergale, An De Schrijver, Margot Vanhellemont, Karen Wuyts, and Kris Verheyen. 2011. “Spatio-temporal Litterfall Dynamics in a 60-year-old Mixed Deciduous Forest.” Annals of Forest Science 68 (1): 89–98.
APA
Staelens, Jeroen, Nachtergale, L., De Schrijver, A., Vanhellemont, M., Wuyts, K., & Verheyen, K. (2011). Spatio-temporal litterfall dynamics in a 60-year-old mixed deciduous forest. ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE, 68(1), 89–98.
Vancouver
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Staelens J, Nachtergale L, De Schrijver A, Vanhellemont M, Wuyts K, Verheyen K. Spatio-temporal litterfall dynamics in a 60-year-old mixed deciduous forest. ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE. 2011;68(1):89–98.
MLA
Staelens, Jeroen, Lieven Nachtergale, An De Schrijver, et al. “Spatio-temporal Litterfall Dynamics in a 60-year-old Mixed Deciduous Forest.” ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE 68.1 (2011): 89–98. Print.