Factors controlling nitrogen cycling and nitrogen saturation in northern temperate forest ecosystems

J. D. Aber, J. M. Melillo, K. J. Nadelhoffer, J. Pastor, R. D. Boone

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

140 Scopus citations

Abstract

An analysis of the factors controlling rates of nitrogen in northern temperate forest ecosystems is presented based on a quantitative analysis of an extensive data set for forests in Wisconsin and Massachusetts as those data are synthesized in a computer model of organic matter and nutrient dynamics. The ultimate control on equilibrium N-cycling rates resides not within the N cycle itself but rather in ratios of resource-use efficiency by vegetation compared with the ratios of resource availability. Litter quality and allocation patterns, along with rates of N deposition, do affect the rate at which a system approaches the equilibrium cycling rate. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
JournalEcological Applications
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Factors controlling nitrogen cycling and nitrogen saturation in northern temperate forest ecosystems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this