Ecosystem photosynthesis regulates soil respiration on a diurnal scale with a short-term time lag in a coastal wetland

Guangxuan Han, Yiqi Luo, Dejun Li, Jianyang Xia, Qinghui Xing, Junbao Yu

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Abstract

Although increasing evidence has provided that soil respiration is strongly related to recent canopy photosynthesis, doubts remain as to the extent to which primary productivity controls soil respiratory and the speed of the link between soil respiration and photosynthesis. Based on the automated measurements of soil respiration and eddy covariance measurements of ecosystem photosynthesis (i.e. gross primary production, GPP) in a coastal wetland, we assessed the speed of link between ecosystem photosynthesis and soil respiration on the diurnal scale, and quantified the control of the ecosystem primary production on diurnal soil respiration. On the diurnal scale, the time of daily peak soil respiration lagged GPP but preceded soil temperature on both sunny and cloudy days. Daytime soil respiration was significantly linearly correlated with GPP with a lag of 1.5h on sunny days and 1h on cloudy days, respectively. By taking advantage of the natural shift of sunny and cloudy days without disturbance to the plant-soil system, our results also indicated that the changes in soil temperature and GPP together explained 53% of the changes in daytime soil respiration rates between sunny days and adjacent cloudy days. Under the same soil temperature, changes in soil respiration rates were strongly correlated with changes in GPP between sunny days and adjacent cloudy days. We therefore conclude that recent canopy photosynthesis regulates soil respiration on a diurnal scale with a short-term time lag. Thus, it is necessary to take into account the influence of photosynthesis on soil respiration in order to accurately simulate the magnitude and variation of soil respiration, especially at short and medium temporal scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
Volume68
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coastal wetland
  • Ecosystem photosynthesis
  • Eddy covariance
  • Soil respiration
  • Sunny and cloudy days
  • Yellow River Delta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Soil Science

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