Characteristics of Fine Roots of Pinus massoniana in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, China
AbstractSeveral studies have focused on fine roots characteristics because they provide a major pathway for nutrient cycling and energy flow in forest ecosystems. However, few studies have evaluated changes in fine root characteristics according to their diameter. Pinus massoniana forests are the main vegetative component in the Three Gorges Reservoir area and play an important role in providing forest resources and ecological services. Pinus massoniana fine roots were sorted into 0–0.5, 0.5–1, and 1–2 mm diameter classes, and their fine root standing biomass (FRB), necromass, annual production and decomposition rates were determined and correlated with soil characteristics. These fine roots in three diameter classes significantly differed in their initial carbon (C), C/N ratio, FRB, necromass, annual C and N production and decomposition rate. The production and decomposition of these different diameter classes varied significantly with soil variables including soil temperature, moisture, calcium and ammonium concentration but the strength of these interactions varied dependent on diameter class. The very fine roots had a faster decomposition ratio than larger fine roots due to the lower N content, higher C/N ratio and higher sensitivity to soil environmental factors. These results clearly indicate heterogeneity among fine roots of different diameters, and these variations should be taken into account when studying fine root characteristics and their role in the C cycle. View Full-Text
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Shen, Y.; Wang, N.; Cheng, R.; Xiao, W.; Yang, S.; Guo, Y.; Lei, L.; Zeng, L.; Wang, X. Characteristics of Fine Roots of Pinus massoniana in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, China. Forests 2017, 8, 183.
Shen Y, Wang N, Cheng R, Xiao W, Yang S, Guo Y, Lei L, Zeng L, Wang X. Characteristics of Fine Roots of Pinus massoniana in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, China. Forests. 2017; 8(6):183.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shen, Yafei; Wang, Na; Cheng, Ruimei; Xiao, Wenfa; Yang, Shao; Guo, Yan; Lei, Lei; Zeng, Lixiong; Wang, Xiaorong. 2017. "Characteristics of Fine Roots of Pinus massoniana in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, China." Forests 8, no. 6: 183.
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