Journal article

ACCESSION AND CYCLING OF ELEMENTS IN A COASTAL STAND OF PINUS-RADIATA D DON IN NEW-ZEALAND

TG BAKER, PD HODGKISS, GR OLIVER

PLANT AND SOIL | KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBL | Published : 1985

Abstract

The accession and cycling of elements in a 14-year-old coastal stand of Pinus radiata D. Don was measured for one year. The element contents (mg m-2 year-1) of bulk precipitation and throughfall respectively were: NO3-N 41, 12; NH4-N 133, 154; organic-N 157, 396; Na 4420, 9700; K 387, 2900; Ca 351, 701; Mg 486, 1320. Of the increase in element content of rainwater beneath the forest canopy 20% (NH4-N), 70% (organic-N), 3% (Na), 90% (K), 20% (Ca) and 30% (Mg) was attributed to leaching; the remainder to washing of aerosols filtered from the atmosphere by the vegetation. The canopy absorbed approximately 40 mg m-2 year-1 of NO3-N. Litterfall was the major pathway for the above-ground biogeoche..

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