Soil nitrogen availability under grasses of different palatability in a temperate semi-arid rangeland of central Argentina

Authors
Moretto, Alicia Susana; Distel, Roberto Alejandro
Publication Year
2002
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Grazing by domestic livestock is frequently associated with the replacement of high-nutrient palatable species with low-nutrient unpalatable species, which may have a substantial effect on nutrient cycling. The objective of the present study was to compare soil N availability and net N mineralization in soils under Poa ligularis (palatable grass) with those in soils under Stipa tenuissima (unpalatable grass) in a temperate semi-arid rangeland of central Argentina. Nitrogen availability and net mineralization under laboratory and field conditions were measured. Soil N availability under P. ligularis was higher than or similar to soil N availability under S. tenuissima. In situ net N mineralization in the soil under P. ligularis was lower than or similar to net N mineralization in the soil under S. tenuissima. Potential net N mineralization was greater in the soil under P. ligularis than in the soil under S. tenuissima. Our results suggest that the replacement of palatable grasses by unpalatable grasses in the temperate semi-arid rangelands of central Argentina may imply a reduction in the rate of nutrient cycling.
Fil: Moretto, Alicia Susana. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Bahía Blanca. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida. Universidad Nacional del Sur. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida; Argentina
Fil: Distel, Roberto Alejandro. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Bahía Blanca. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida. Universidad Nacional del Sur. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida; Argentina
Subject
NUTRIEN CYCLING
NITROGEN MINERALIZATION
POA LIGULARIS
STIPA TENUISSIMA
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/32678