Soil organic carbon and black carbon storage and dynamics under different fire regimes in temperate mixed-grass savanna


R. J. Ansley,1 T. W. Boutton,2 and J. O. Skjemstad3

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We quantified the effects of repeated, seasonal fires on soil organic carbon (SOC), black carbon (BC), and total N in controls and four fire treatments differing in frequency and season of occurrence in a temperate savanna. The SOC at 0–20 cm depth increased from 2044 g C m2 in controls to 2393–2534 g C m2 in the three treatments that included summer fire. Similarly, soil total N (0–20 cm) increased from 224 g N m2 in the control to 251–255 g N m2 in the treatments that included summer fire. However, winter fires had no effect on SOC or total N. Plant species composition coupled with lower d13C of SOC suggested that increased soil C in summer fire treatments was related to shifts in community composition toward greater relative productivity by C3 species. Lower d15N of soil total N in summer fire treatments was consistent with a scenario in which N inputs > N losses. The BC storage was not altered by fire, and comprised 13–17% of SOC in all treatments. Results indicated that fire and its season of occurrence can significantly alter ecosystem processes and the storage of C and N in savanna ecosystems.

Citation: Ansley, R. J., T. W. Boutton, and J. O. Skjemstad (2006), Soil organic carbon and black carbon storage and dynamics under different fire regimes in temperate mixed-grass savanna, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 20, GB3006, doi:10.1029/2005GB002670

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Wiley online library - https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2005GB002670
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GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES, VOL. 20, GB3006, doi:10.1029/2005GB002670, 2006
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