Vascular plants as regulators of methane emissions from a subarctic mire ecosystem
2002 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 107, no 21, 4580-4590 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Vascular plant functions as controlling mechanisms of methane emissions were investigated at two contrasting habitat types at a subarctic peatland ecosystem in northern Sweden. One of the habitats was ombrotrophic (vegetation dominated by Eriophorum vaginatum and Carex rotundata), while the other was minerotrophic (vegetation dominated by Eriophorum angustifolium). Through shading manipulations we successfully reduced the gross photosynthetic rates of the vascular plant communities. At the ombrotrophic site a 25% reduction in gross photosynthesis lead to a concomitant 20% reduction in methane emission rates, indicating a strong substrate-based coupling between the vascular plant community and the methanogenic populations. At the minerotrophic site, methane emission rates were unaffected, although plant photosynthesis was reduced by almost 50%. However, the methane emission rates at the minerotrophic site were significantly correlated with the number of vascular plants. We conclude that at the minerotrophic site the vegetation influences methane emission rates by facilitating methane transportation between the soil and the atmosphere, while at the ombrotrophic site the relationship between the vascular plant community and methane emissions is mediated by substrate-based interactions regulated by plant photosynthetic activity. Copyright 2002 by the American Geophysical Union.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 107, no 21, 4580-4590 p.
Carbon exchange, Methane emission, Peatland biogeochemistry, Plant-microbe interactions, Vascular plants
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46812DOI: 10.1029/2001JD001030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46812DiVA: diva2:267708