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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Nitrogen use strategies of neotropical rainforest trees in threatened Atlantic Forest
Author: Aidar, MPM
Schmidt, S
Moss, G
Stewart, GR
Joly, CA
Abstract: The characteristics of nitrogen acquisition, transport and assimilation were investigated in species of an Atlantic Forest succession over calcareous soil in south-eastern Brazil. Differences in behaviour were observed within the regeneration guilds. Pioneer species showed high leaf nitrogen contents, a high capacity to respond to increased soil nitrogen availability, a high capacity for leaf nitrate assimilation and were characterized by the transport of nitrate + asparagine. At the other end of the succession, late secondary species had low leaf nitrogen contents, little capacity to respond to increased soil nitrogen availability, low leaf nitrate assimilation and were active in the transport of asparagine + arginine. The characteristics of nitrogen nutrition in some early secondary species showed similarities to those of pioneer species whereas others more closely resembled late secondary species. Average leaf delta(15)N values increased along the successional gradient. The results indicate that the nitrogen metabolism characteristics of species may be an additional ecophysiological tool in classifying tropical forest tree species into ecological guilds, and may have implications for regeneration programmes in degraded areas.
Subject: delta N-15
nitrate reductase activity
nitrogen acquisition
nitrogen metabolism
regeneration strategy guilds
secondary succession
xylem sap nitrogen composition
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3040.2003.00970.x
Date Issue: 2003
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