Soil nitrogen mineralization in adjacent stands of larch, pine and oak in central Korea

Y. Son, I. K. Lee

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To examine the effects of tree species on soil nitrogen (N) mineralization we monitored rates of soil nitrogen mineralization and nitrification using the buried bag incubation method in 37-year-old Japanese larch (Larix leptolepis Gordon), pitch pine (Pinus rigida Mill), and oak (Quercus serrata Thunb) stands on a similar soil in central Korea. Litter and mineral soil (0-15 cm) were incubated for 45 day intervals from 1 September 1994 to 31 August 1995. Mean daily N mineralization rates were significantly different among sampling dates and tree species. Annual net N mineralization and nitrification were also significantly different among the tree species; the annual N mineralization being 44 kg/ha/year for P. rigida, 92 for L leptolepis and 112 for Q serrata, and percent nitrification ranging from 45% for P rigida to 90% for L leptolepis. Litterfall N inputs seemed to influence soil N mineralization. This study indicates that under a similar environment and soil type, N mineralization may differ by several-fold under the influence of different species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAnnales des Sciences Forestieres
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • central Korea
  • larch
  • oak
  • pine
  • soil N mineralization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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