Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 19, 1527–1546, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1527-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 1527–1546, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1527-2022

Research article 17 Mar 2022

Research article | 17 Mar 2022

Leaching of inorganic and organic phosphorus and nitrogen in contrasting beech forest soils – seasonal patterns and effects of fertilization

Jasmin Fetzer et al.

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Phosphorus and nitrogen leaching from beech forest soils Jasmin Fetzer and Frank Hagedorn https://doi.org/10.16904/envidat.234

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As leaching is a major pathway of nitrogen and phosphorus loss in forest soils, we investigated several potential drivers in two contrasting beech forests. The composition of leachates, obtained by zero-tension lysimeters, varied by season, and climatic extremes influenced the magnitude of leaching. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization varied with soil nutrient status and sorption properties, and leaching from the low-nutrient soil was more sensitive to environmental factors.
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