Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 19, 2171–2186, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2171-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 2171–2186, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2171-2022
Research article
22 Apr 2022
Research article | 22 Apr 2022

Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus stoichiometry of organic matter in Swedish forest soils and its relationship with climate, tree species, and soil texture

Marie Spohn and Johan Stendahl

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We explored the ratios of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) of organic matter in Swedish forest soils. The N : P ratio of the organic layer was most strongly related to the mean annual temperature, while the C : N ratios of the organic layer and mineral soil were strongly related to tree species even in the subsoil. The organic P concentration in the mineral soil was strongly affected by soil texture, which diminished the effect of tree species on the C to organic P (C : OP) ratio.
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