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Tree Species Identity and Functional Traits but Not Species Richness Affect Interrill Erosion Processes in Young Subtropical Forests : Volume 2, Issue 1 (24/06/2015)

By Seitz, S.

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Title: Tree Species Identity and Functional Traits but Not Species Richness Affect Interrill Erosion Processes in Young Subtropical Forests : Volume 2, Issue 1 (24/06/2015)  
Author: Seitz, S.
Volume: Vol. 2, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Soil, Discussions
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Song, Z., Bruelheide, H., Kühn, P., Li, Y., Härdtle, W., Seitz, S.,...Scholten, T. (2015). Tree Species Identity and Functional Traits but Not Species Richness Affect Interrill Erosion Processes in Young Subtropical Forests : Volume 2, Issue 1 (24/06/2015). Retrieved from

Description: Department of Geosciences, Soil Science and Geomorphology, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Rümelinstrasse 19–23, 72070 Tübingen, Germany. Soil erosion is seriously threatening ecosystem functioning in many parts of the world. In this context, it is assumed that tree species richness and functional diversity of tree communities can play a critical role in improving ecosystem services such as erosion control. An experiment with 170 micro-scale runoff plots was conducted to investigate the influence of tree species richness and identity as well as tree functional traits on interrill erosion in a young forest ecosystem. An interrill erosion rate of 47.5 t ha−1 a−1 was calculated. This study provided evidence that different tree species affect interrill erosion, but higher tree species richness did not mitigate soil losses in young forest stands. Thus, different tree morphologies have to be considered, when assessing erosion under forest. High crown cover and leaf area index reduced soil losses in initial forest ecosystems, whereas rising tree height increased them. Even if a leaf litter cover was not present, remaining soil surface cover by stones and biological soil crusts was the most important driver for soil erosion control. Furthermore, soil organic matter had a decreasing influence on soil loss. Long-term monitoring of soil erosion under closing tree canopies is necessary and a wide range of functional tree traits should be taken into consideration in future research.

Tree species identity and functional traits but not species richness affect interrill erosion processes in young subtropical forests

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