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The winter climate is changing in many parts of the world, and it is predicted that winter climate change will modify the structure and function of plant–soil systems. An understanding of these changes and their consequences in terrestrial ecosystems requires knowledge of the linkage between above- and below-ground components as well as the species(More)
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(More)
Plant physiological traits and their relation to soil N availability was investigated as regulators of the distribution of understory shrub species along a slope in a Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) plantation in central Japan. At the study site, previous studies demonstrated that both net and gross soil nitrification rates are high on the lower slope(More)
Forest fire is a common disturbance factor, especially in boreal forests. The detection of forest disturbance and monitoring of post-fire forest recovery are crucial to both ecological research and forest management. The Greater Hinggan Mountain area of China is rich in forest resources, but also has a high incidence of forest fires. After the most serious(More)
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