1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
[HTT21-07] Natural abundance of 15N in Japanese forest soils
Keywords:Stable isotopes, Forest soils, Nitrogen dynamics
We analyzed the δ15N of bulk soil N collected in the GRENE (Green Network of Excellence) environmental information project and the ReSIN (Regional and comparative Soil Incubation study on Nitrogen dynamics in forest ecosystems) project (Urakawa et al. 2014, 2016). Mineral forest soils were collected in each watershed from five soil profiles with different soil depths down to 40 or 50cm depth. We used a modified EA-IRMS in TUAT with higher sensitivity to measure the δ15N of bulk soil N with low N concentrations. We analyzed the soil samples (488 samples from 32 watersheds) with higher N concentration than ca. 0.1% (with less than 8mg sample weight to run) to reduce the risk of incomplete combustion.
δ15N of bulk soil N ranged from -3.2 to +10.2 permill with N concentrations ranging from 0.1 to 1.3%. Isotopic fractionation factors for bulk soil N, estimated from the relationship between N concentrations and δ15N values, ranged from 0.6 to 7.2 permill. The differences in mycorrhizal association of plants would influence the isotopic fractionation factor (Hobbie and Ouimette 2009), although we found no significant relationships between mycorrhizal associations (ECM, AM) and the isotopic fractionation factors. Climate factors such as MAT and MAP suggested as the factors affecting δ15N of bulk soil N (Amundson et al. 2003) were not significantly correlated with δ15N of bulk soil N. In the presentation we will discuss the possible factors influencing δ15N of bulk soil N and isotopic fractionation factors in the forest watersheds.