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Altitudinal trends in d13C value, stomatal density and nitrogen content of Pinus tabuliformis needles on the southern slope of the middle Qinling Mountains, China
LIU Xian-zhao; GAO Chang-chun; SU Qing; ZHANG Yong; Song Yan
Corresponding AuthorLIU Xian-zhao
2016-06
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
ISSN1672-6316
Volume13Issue:6Pages:1066-1077
Subtype期刊论文
AbstractIn this study, a coniferous tree species (Pinus tabuliformis Carr.) was investigated at a moderate-altitude mountainous terrain on the southern slope of the middle Qinling Mountains (QLM) to detect the trends in carbon isotope ratio (d13C), leaf nitrogen content (LNC) and stomatal density (SD) with altitude variation in north-subtropical humid mountain climate zone of China. The results showed that LNC and SD both significantly increased linearly along the altitudinal gradient ranging from 1000 to 2200 m, whereas leaf d13C exhibited a significantly negative correlation with the altitude. Such a correlation pattern differs obviously from that obtained in offshore low-altitude humid environment or inland high-altitude semi-arid environment, suggesting that the pattern of increasing d13C with the altitude cannot be generalized. The negative correlation between d13C and altitude might be attributed mainly to the strengthening of carbon isotope fractionation in plants caused by increasing precipitation with altitude. Furthermore, there was a remarkable negative correlation between leaf d13C and LNC. One possible reason was that increasing precipitation that operates to increase isotopic discrimination with altitude overtook the LNC in determining the sign of leaf d13C. The significant negative correlation between leaf d13C and SD over altitudes was also found in the present study, indicating that increases in SD with altitude would reduce, rather than enhance plant d13C values.
KeywordCarbon Isotope Ratio Nitrogen Content Stomatal Density Altitudinal Variation Qinling Mountains
DOI10.1007/s11629-015-3532-8
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Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/17221
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2016_Vol13 No.6
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LIU Xian-zhao,GAO Chang-chun,SU Qing,et al. Altitudinal trends in d13C value, stomatal density and nitrogen content of Pinus tabuliformis needles on the southern slope of the middle Qinling Mountains, China[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2016,13(6):1066-1077.
APA LIU Xian-zhao,GAO Chang-chun,SU Qing,ZHANG Yong,&Song Yan.(2016).Altitudinal trends in d13C value, stomatal density and nitrogen content of Pinus tabuliformis needles on the southern slope of the middle Qinling Mountains, China.Journal of Mountain Science,13(6),1066-1077.
MLA LIU Xian-zhao,et al."Altitudinal trends in d13C value, stomatal density and nitrogen content of Pinus tabuliformis needles on the southern slope of the middle Qinling Mountains, China".Journal of Mountain Science 13.6(2016):1066-1077.
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