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[MIS14-17] Changes of nitrogen utilization in a hinoki cypress plantation at Kochi city for 25 years
Keywords:nitrogen isotopes, nitrogen sources, leaf liter, hinoki cypress, understory vegetation
Leaf litter fall of hinoki cypress and understory vegetation was 271 g/m2/yr, and 46 g/m2/yr, respectively. Leaf fall of hinoki cypress was not related with stand age while that of understory vegetation increased exponentially. Nitrogen input by leaf litter of hinoki cypress decreased during stand development while it increased exponentially. Nitrogen concentration in the leaves of hinoki cypress and understory was 6.5 mg/g and 11.5mg/g, respectively was not change during stand development. δ15N in the leaves of hinoki cypress and understory vegetation was -3.37‰ and -1.16‰, respectively and annual decrease was 0.05‰ and 0.08‰, respectively. By contrast, annual decrease of δ15N in the total leaves was small (0.014‰). The results suggest the increase of understory vegetation with high δ15N value should keep δ15N in the total leaves relatively constant. Hinoki cypress should change its nitrogen sources having low δ15N to avoid competition with understory vegetation.