Comparison of humus horizons from two ecosystem phases on northern Vancouver Island using 13C CPMAS NMR spectroscopy and CuO oxidation

L. E. De Montigny, C. M. Preston, P. G. Hatcher, I. Kogel-Knabner

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Abstract

Much forested land in the wetter zones of northern Vancouver Island is characterized by thick humus layers, with two distinct ecosystem phases: the younger "HA' phase arising from disturbance and the old-growth "CH' phase. Solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and CuO oxidation were used examine chemical differences in the humus after clearcutting. The differences between CH and HA sites were: higher tannin content in the CH sites, most likely from salal inputs; and higher ratio of carbohydrate to lignin C, indicating less effective decomposition in CH sites. Oxidation with CuO also showed more advanced decomposition in the non-woody horizons of HA than of CH sites. Less effective decomposition possibly due in part to tannin accumulation could contribute to the lower forest productivity on salal-dominated CH sites in this region. -from Authors

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)9-25
Seitenumfang17
FachzeitschriftCanadian Journal of Soil Science
Jahrgang73
Ausgabenummer1
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1993
Extern publiziertJa

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