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Litter quality, land-use history, and nitrogen deposition effects on topsoil conditions across European temperate deciduous forests

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Topsoil conditions in temperate forests are influenced by several soil-forming factors, such as canopy composition (e.g. through litter quality), land-use history, atmospheric deposition, and the parent material. Many studies have evaluated the effects of single factors on physicochemical topsoil conditions, but few have assessed the simultaneous effects of multiple drivers. Here, we evaluate the combined effects of litter quality, land-use history (past land cover as well as past forest management), and atmospheric deposition on several physicochemical topsoil conditions of European temperate deciduous forest soils: bulk density, proportion of exchangeable base cations, carbon/nitrogen-ratio (C/N), litter mass, bio-available and total phosphorus, pH(KCI)and soil organic matter. We collected mineral soil and litter layer samples, and measured site characteristics for 190 20 x 20 m European mixed forest plots across gradients of litter quality (derived from the canopy species composition) and atmospheric deposition, and for different categories of past land cover and past forest management. We accounted for the effects of parent material on topsoil conditions by clustering our plots into three soil type groups based on texture and carbonate concentration. We found that litter quality was a stronger driver of topsoil conditions compared to land-use history or atmospheric deposition, while the soil type also affected several topsoil conditions here. Plots with higher litter quality had soils with a higher proportion of exchangeable base cations, and total phosphorus, and lower C/N-ratios and litter mass. Furthermore, the observed litter quality effects on the topsoil were independent from the regional nitrogen deposition or the soil type, although the soil type likely (co)-determined canopy composition and thus litter quality to some extent in the investigated plots. Litter quality effects on topsoil phosphorus concentrations did interact with past land cover, highlighting the need to consider land-use history when evaluating canopy effects on soil conditions. We conclude that forest managers can use the canopy composition as an important tool for influencing topsoil conditions, although soil type remains an important factor to consider.
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Soil fertility, Ancient forest, Post-agricultural forest, Coppice, High forest, pH, Phosphorus, Base cations, Nutrient cycling, Decomposition, UNDERSTOREY PLANT-COMMUNITIES, SOIL CARBON ACCUMULATION, TREE SPECIES-DIVERSITY, EUTROPHICATION SIGNAL, MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES, ENVIRONMENTAL-CHANGE, LASER-DIFFRACTION, CLIMATE-CHANGE, BEECH FORESTS, CANOPY TREE

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Maes, Sybryn et al. “Litter Quality, Land-use History, and Nitrogen Deposition Effects on Topsoil Conditions Across European Temperate Deciduous Forests.” FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 433 (2019): 405–418. Print.
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Maes, Sybryn, Blondeel, H., Perring, M., Depauw, L., Brūmelis, G., Brunet, J., Decocq, G., et al. (2019). Litter quality, land-use history, and nitrogen deposition effects on topsoil conditions across European temperate deciduous forests. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 433, 405–418.
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Maes, Sybryn, Haben Blondeel, Michael Perring, Leen Depauw, Guntis Brūmelis, Jörg Brunet, Guillaume Decocq, et al. 2019. “Litter Quality, Land-use History, and Nitrogen Deposition Effects on Topsoil Conditions Across European Temperate Deciduous Forests.” Forest Ecology and Management 433: 405–418.
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Maes, Sybryn, Haben Blondeel, Michael Perring, Leen Depauw, Guntis Brūmelis, Jörg Brunet, Guillaume Decocq, Jan den Ouden, Werner Härdtle, Radim Hédl, Thilo Heinken, Steffi Heinrichs, Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Keith Kirby, Martin Kopecký, František Máliš, Monika Wulf, and Kris Verheyen. 2019. “Litter Quality, Land-use History, and Nitrogen Deposition Effects on Topsoil Conditions Across European Temperate Deciduous Forests.” Forest Ecology and Management 433: 405–418.
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Maes S, Blondeel H, Perring M, Depauw L, Brūmelis G, Brunet J, et al. Litter quality, land-use history, and nitrogen deposition effects on topsoil conditions across European temperate deciduous forests. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT. 2019;433:405–18.
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S. Maes et al., “Litter quality, land-use history, and nitrogen deposition effects on topsoil conditions across European temperate deciduous forests,” FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 433, pp. 405–418, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Topsoil conditions in temperate forests are influenced by several soil-forming factors, such as canopy composition (e.g. through litter quality), land-use history, atmospheric deposition, and the parent material. Many studies have evaluated the effects of single factors on physicochemical topsoil conditions, but few have assessed the simultaneous effects of multiple drivers. Here, we evaluate the combined effects of litter quality, land-use history (past land cover as well as past forest management), and atmospheric deposition on several physicochemical topsoil conditions of European temperate deciduous forest soils: bulk density, proportion of exchangeable base cations, carbon/nitrogen-ratio (C/N), litter mass, bio-available and total phosphorus, pH(KCI)and soil organic matter. We collected mineral soil and litter layer samples, and measured site characteristics for 190 20 x 20 m European mixed forest plots across gradients of litter quality (derived from the canopy species composition) and atmospheric deposition, and for different categories of past land cover and past forest management. We accounted for the effects of parent material on topsoil conditions by clustering our plots into three soil type groups based on texture and carbonate concentration. We found that litter quality was a stronger driver of topsoil conditions compared to land-use history or atmospheric deposition, while the soil type also affected several topsoil conditions here. Plots with higher litter quality had soils with a higher proportion of exchangeable base cations, and total phosphorus, and lower C/N-ratios and litter mass. Furthermore, the observed litter quality effects on the topsoil were independent from the regional nitrogen deposition or the soil type, although the soil type likely (co)-determined canopy composition and thus litter quality to some extent in the investigated plots. Litter quality effects on topsoil phosphorus concentrations did interact with past land cover, highlighting the need to consider land-use history when evaluating canopy effects on soil conditions. We conclude that forest managers can use the canopy composition as an important tool for influencing topsoil conditions, although soil type remains an important factor to consider.},
  author       = {Maes, Sybryn and Blondeel, Haben and Perring, Michael and Depauw, Leen and Brūmelis, Guntis and Brunet, Jörg and Decocq, Guillaume and den Ouden, Jan and Härdtle, Werner and Hédl, Radim and Heinken, Thilo and Heinrichs, Steffi and Jaroszewicz, Bogdan and Kirby, Keith and Kopecký, Martin and Máliš, František and Wulf, Monika and Verheyen, Kris},
  issn         = {0378-1127},
  journal      = {FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT},
  keywords     = {Soil fertility,Ancient forest,Post-agricultural forest,Coppice,High forest,pH,Phosphorus,Base cations,Nutrient cycling,Decomposition,UNDERSTOREY PLANT-COMMUNITIES,SOIL CARBON ACCUMULATION,TREE SPECIES-DIVERSITY,EUTROPHICATION SIGNAL,MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES,ENVIRONMENTAL-CHANGE,LASER-DIFFRACTION,CLIMATE-CHANGE,BEECH FORESTS,CANOPY TREE},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {405--418},
  title        = {Litter quality, land-use history, and nitrogen deposition effects on topsoil conditions across European temperate deciduous forests},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.056},
  volume       = {433},
  year         = {2019},
}

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