Nitrogen-15 Uptake by Pinus contorta Seedlings in Relation to Phenological Stage and Season
This study measured the amount of uptake of labeled nitrogen (15N) of lodgepole pine (Pinuscontorta Dougl. var. latifolia Engelm) seedlings, at three different phenological stages, in a growth chamber experiment. Thirty days after 15N application, the amount of 15N recovered in seedlings as a percentage of the total 15N fertilizer applied was 4% in early spring, 43% in summer and 33% in autumn. The total 15N recovered in the plantâ–“pot system ranged from 80 to 96%, and is higher than reported in other studies. Total 15N recovered from the pot compartment alone ranged from 48 to 95%, suggesting that substantial pools of N remain in the soil. Results suggest that low 15N uptake in the spring was associated with limited development of new root as a result of low spring soil temperatures. The lack of unsuberized roots in spring could be a key factor decreasing the effectiveness of early spring fertilization in the boreal forest.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Renewable Resources, Centre for Enhanced Forest Management, University of Alberta, 4-42 Earth Sciences Building, Edmonton, T6G 2E3, Alberta
Publication date: 2004-04-01