Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 18, 3763–3779, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 3763–3779, 2021

Research article 23 Jun 2021

Research article | 23 Jun 2021

Cycling and retention of nitrogen in European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) ecosystems under elevated fructification frequency

Rainer Brumme et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-11', Anonymous Referee #1, 25 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Bernd Ahrends, 30 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-11', Anonymous Referee #2, 01 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Bernd Ahrends, 30 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 May 2021) by Frank Hagedorn
AR by Bernd Ahrends on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (27 May 2021) by Frank Hagedorn
Short summary
In order to study the fate of litter nitrogen in forest soils, we combined a leaf litterfall exchange experiment using 15N-labeled leaf litter with long-term element budgets at seven European beech sites in Germany. It appears that fructification intensity, which has increased in recent decades, has a distinct impact on N retention in forest soils. Despite reduced nitrogen deposition, about 6 and 10 kg ha−1 of nitrogen were retained annually in the soils and in the forest stands, respectively.
Final-revised paper