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Boreal coniferous trees emit plenty of volatile monoterpenes into the atmosphere. At our measurement site in Finland, we found a springtime relation between the high monoterpene emission from Scots pine stem and tree water relations. Hence, we suggest that the transient monoterpene burst may be a consequence of the spring recovery of the stem and that the dominant processes and environmental drivers triggering the monoterpene emissions are different between pine stems and foliage.
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Articles | Volume 12, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 12, 5353–5363, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5353-2015

Special issue: Interactions between climate change and the Cryosphere: SVALI,...

Biogeosciences, 12, 5353–5363, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5353-2015

Research article 17 Sep 2015

Research article | 17 Sep 2015

Tree water relations can trigger monoterpene emissions from Scots pine stems during spring recovery

A. Vanhatalo et al.

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Boreal coniferous trees emit plenty of volatile monoterpenes into the atmosphere. At our measurement site in Finland, we found a springtime relation between the high monoterpene emission from Scots pine stem and tree water relations. Hence, we suggest that the transient monoterpene burst may be a consequence of the spring recovery of the stem and that the dominant processes and environmental drivers triggering the monoterpene emissions are different between pine stems and foliage.
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