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  • 标题:Stable carbon isotope as a signal index for monitoring grassland degradation
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  • 作者:Hongyun Yao ; Andreas Wilkes ; Guodong Zhu
  • 期刊名称:Scientific Reports
  • 电子版ISSN:2045-2322
  • 出版年度:2016
  • 卷号:6
  • 期号:1
  • DOI:10.1038/srep31399
  • 语种:English
  • 出版社:Springer Nature
  • 摘要:Grassland degradation due to overgrazing is common in many areas of the world. This study analyzed the potential of the stable carbon isotope (δ(13)C) value as a structural microcosmic index to monitor processes of grassland degradation. The δ(13)C values of plant leaves, roots and soils in non-grazed (NG) and over-grazed (OG) grassland were measured from samples collected from the seven types of grassland in China. We found that the leaf δ(13)C values of palatable species (δ(13)Cleaf) and root δ(13)C values (δ(13)Croot) in OG grasslands were reduced compared with those from NG grasslands. Furthermore, the δ(13)Cleaf and δ(13)Csoil were positive correlation with elevation and latitude, δ(13)Croot was negative correlation with them at high altitude (3000~5000m), and δ(13)Croot and δ(13)Csoil were negative correlation with them at low altitude (0~2000m), respectively. Consequently, tracing of the δ(13)C variations in grassland ecosystem can provide a powerful tool to evaluate the degree of grassland degradation.
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