Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 17, 1535–1556, 2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 1535–1556, 2020

Research article 26 Mar 2020

Research article | 26 Mar 2020

Soil total phosphorus and nitrogen explain vegetation community composition in a northern forest ecosystem near a phosphate massif

Laura Matkala et al.

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Matkala_et_al_soil_vegetation L. Matkala, M. Salemaa, and J. Bäck

Short summary
We studied how species number and abundance of the understorey vegetation correlates with nutrient contents of soil and tree leaves at a northern boreal forest site. The phosphorus (P) content of the humus layer showed higher correlation with vegetation than the nitrogen (N) content. Usually N is considered more important in boreal forests. The plots with high P content in humus had birch as the dominant tree species, implying that birch leaf litter is an important source of P to the plants.
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