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Journal of Arid Land  2015, Vol. 7 Issue (4): 475-480    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-015-0082-4
Research Articles     
Rhizosphere organic phosphorus fractions of Simon poplar and Mongolian pine plantations in a semiarid sandy land of northeastern China
ZHAO Qiong1,2*, WANG Hongquan1,3, YU Zhanyuan1,2, ZENG Dehui1,2
1 State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China;
2 Daqinggou Ecological Station, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China;
3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Abstract  The aim of this study was to investigate the role of rhizosphere organic phosphorus (P) in soil P supply in semiarid forests and the effects of tree species on rihizosphere organic P. We examined organic P fractions in rhizosphere and bulk soils of mono-specific Simon poplar (Populus simonii) and Mongolian pine (Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica) plantations in a semiarid sandy soil of Horqin Sandy Land in Northeast China. Total organic P (TPo) accounted for 76% of total P across the two stands. The concentration of organic P (Po) fractions decreased in the order of NaOH-Po>Res-Po>HCl-Po>NaHCO3-Po in both plantations. The concentration of NaHCO3-Po was 38% and 43% lower in rhizosphere soil than in bulk soil in Simon poplar and Mongolian pine plantations, respectively. In contrast, total P, TPo and NaOH-Po significantly accumulated in rhizosphere soil in Simon poplar plantations, but no change in Mongolian pine plantations. Soil recalcitrant organic P fractions were positively correlated with soil organic carbon. The results suggest that rhizosphere labile organic P was an important source of plant-available P in this semiarid region, but the dynamic of rhizosphere recalcitrant organic P fractions varied with tree species and was correlated to organic carbon dynamics.

Key wordshydrochemistry      environmental isotopes      groundwater salinization      evaporite dissolution      Turpan Basin     
Received: 21 August 2014      Published: 10 August 2015

This work was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41373087, 30800887) and the State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology (LFSE2013-11).

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ZHAO Qiong, WANG Hongquan, YU Zhanyuan, ZENG Dehui. Rhizosphere organic phosphorus fractions of Simon poplar and Mongolian pine plantations in a semiarid sandy land of northeastern China. Journal of Arid Land, 2015, 7(4): 475-480.

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