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A comparison of foliar nutrient concentration in trees from monsoon rainforest and savanna in northern Australia

Citation

Fensham, RJ and Bowman, DMJS, A comparison of foliar nutrient concentration in trees from monsoon rainforest and savanna in northern Australia, Australian Journal of Ecology, 20, (2) pp. 335-339. ISSN 0307-692X (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.1995.tb00545.x

Abstract

Analysis of foliar nutrient concentrations revealed that two mesophyllic monsoon rainforest trees had higher concentrations of most nutrients in leaves than eight savanna species. One of the rested monsoon rainforest species with sclerophyllous leaves had similar nutrient concentrations to the savanna tree species. There were positive or no significant correlations between live foliar nutrient concentration and the percentage of nutrients withdrawn prior to litterfall. The nutrient concentration of litter was similar for most nutrients among tree species of monsoon rainforest or savanna. The results of this study suggest that the relative fertility of surface soils of monsoon rainforest compared with savanna is not determined by contrasting nutrient cycling strategies whereby monsoon rainforest tree species enrich their soils with relatively nutrient rich leaf litter relative to savanna tree species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Soil sciences
Research Field:Soil sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:69162
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-04-19
Last Modified:2011-06-21
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