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Spatio-temporal variations of carbon and nitrogen in biogenic structures of two fungus-growing termites (M. annandalei and O. yunnanensis) in the Xishuangbanna region
Chen, Chunfeng; Liu, Wenjie; Wu, Junen; Jiang, Xiaojin
2018
Source PublicationSOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
ISSN0038-0717
Volume117Issue:xPages:125-134
AbstractFungus-growing termites are abundant and play an important role in soil nutrient dynamics in the tropics due to their activities and unique effects on soil physical, chemical and biochemical properties. However, the mechanisms of termite mound turnover and the effects of such turnover on temporal and spatial patterns of nutrients in surrounding soils have rarely been studied. Here, we investigated the relationship between the stabilization and redistribution of soil nutrient properties and the chronological development of termite mounds (primary, secondary-occupied and abandoned mounds). The study was conducted to assess the concentrations of nutrients and water content in the biogenic structures produced by two fungus-growing termites (M. annandalei and O. yunnanensis) in different mound stages. Samples were collected along a transect at regular intervals proportional to the size of the biogenic structure. We found the concentration of NO3- in the following sequence: active mound, abandoned mound, and the surrounding soils. The concentrations of organic carbon (C-org) and total N in the active mounds were significantly lower than those in the surrounding topsoils, although a weak difference was observed with subsoils. The concentrations of C-org and total N in the abandoned mounds were significantly higher than those in active motinds, whereas no difference was observed with surrounding soils. The mean concentrations of nutrients were significantly different between fresh parts (sampling locations 1-3) and old parts (locations 4-6) of the secondary-occupied mounds. The nutrients in the fresh parts of the mound approached the values in the primary mound; whereas the nutrients in the old part of the mound approached the values in the abandoned mound. Our results indicate that nutrient concentrations change through the chronological development of termite mounds, which are hot spots of nutrients that subsequently affect ecosystem processes at specific spatial and temporal scales through the stabilization and redistribution of nutrients.
Department其他
KeywordSoil-feeding Termite Secondary Termites Phosphorus Forms Rain-forest Mounds Macrotermes Isoptera Savannas African Nests
Subject AreaAgriculture
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.xtbg.org.cn/handle/353005/10793
Collection2012年后新成立研究组
恢复生态学组
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Chen, Chunfeng,Liu, Wenjie,Wu, Junen,et al. Spatio-temporal variations of carbon and nitrogen in biogenic structures of two fungus-growing termites (M. annandalei and O. yunnanensis) in the Xishuangbanna region[J]. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY,2018,117(x):125-134.
APA Chen, Chunfeng,Liu, Wenjie,Wu, Junen,&Jiang, Xiaojin.(2018).Spatio-temporal variations of carbon and nitrogen in biogenic structures of two fungus-growing termites (M. annandalei and O. yunnanensis) in the Xishuangbanna region.SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY,117(x),125-134.
MLA Chen, Chunfeng,et al."Spatio-temporal variations of carbon and nitrogen in biogenic structures of two fungus-growing termites (M. annandalei and O. yunnanensis) in the Xishuangbanna region".SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY 117.x(2018):125-134.
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