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Title: Plant physiological responses to hydrologically mediated changes in nitrogen supply on a boreal forest floodplain: a mechanism explaining the discrepancy in nitrogen demand and supply

Author: Koyama, Lina; Kielland, Knut.

Date: 2011

Source: Plant and Soil. 342(1-2): 129-139

Publication Series: Journal/Magazine Article (JRNL)

Description: A discrepancy between plant demand and soil supply of nitrogen (N) has been observed in early successional stages of riparian vegetation in interior Alaska. We hypothesized that a hydrologically mediated N supply serves as a mechanism to balance this apparent deficiency of plant N supply. To test this hypothesis, we conducted a tracer experiment and measured the activity of nitrate reductase (NRA) over the summer on the early successional floodplain of the Tanana River in interior Alaska. Isotopic data showed that river-/groundwater was an important source of plant water and that hyporheic N could be absorbed by early successional species.

Keywords: floodplain, hyporheic nitrogen (N), N uptake, plant nitrate use, river discharge chemistry, seasonal change

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Koyama, Lina; Kielland, Knut. 2011. Plant physiological responses to hydrologically mediated changes in nitrogen supply on a boreal forest floodplain: a mechanism explaining the discrepancy in nitrogen demand and supply. Plant and Soil. 342(1-2): 129-139.

 


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