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Monoterpene emission from young Scots pine may be influenced by nutrient availability

Materić, D.; Blenkhorn, D.; Gonzalez-Mendes, R.; Bruhn, D.; Turner, C.; Morgan, G.; Mason, N. and Gauci, V. (2016). Monoterpene emission from young Scots pine may be influenced by nutrient availability. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 14(4) pp. 667–681.

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Monoterpenes (C10H16) are the products of metabolism found in many plants and are most notably emitted by conifers. Many abiotic and biotic factors are known to stimulate monoterpene emissions from conifers, including: temperature, wounding, herbivory, infestation, UV-radiation, O3 exposure etc. Monoterpenes have been shown to contribute to aerosol and cloud formation, which have a net cooling effect on Earth’s radiative balance. Thus, there is a need to explore all the factors that influence monoterpene emissions from forests. One as yet largely unexplored process is the effect of nutrient availability on monoterpene emission. In this study we treated young Scots pine seedlings with fertilizer (NPK and urea) largely and observed a large increase in monoterpene emission compared with unfertilized controls. Measurements at 26°C suggests an emission increase of 0.8 ng g-1 DW min-1 per addition of 1 kg Ntot ha-1 year-1. These results are important for understanding future trends in monoterpene emission, since nitrogen deposition, as consequence of industrial emissions and agricultural sources, is increasing in the soils of boreal and high altitude temperate forests.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016, ALÖKI Kft
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Proton Ionization Molecular Mass Spectrometry (PIMMS) Initial training network (ITN)287382European Commission
Keywords: GC-MS; NPK; Pinus sylvestris; PTR-MS; VOC
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Biomedical Research Network (BRN)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 47786
Depositing User: Claire Turner
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 12:19
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