Potential soil methane oxidation in naturally regenerated oak-dominated temperate deciduous forest stands responds to soil water status regardless of their age—an intact core incubation study

Key message

Potential CH4 oxidation in the top soil layer increased with decreasing soil water content in spring but was inhibited during severe summer drought in naturally-regenerated oak-dominated temperate deciduous forest stands regardless of their age. No direct effect of mineral nitrogen on soil CH4 oxidation was found. Soil CH4 oxidation in temperate forests could be reduced by extreme climatic events.

Keywords
Methane oxidation; Naturally regenerated forest; Air-filled porosity; Mineral nitrogen; Water stress; Chronosequence

Publication
Bras, N., Plain, C. & Epron, D. Potential soil methane oxidation in naturally regenerated oak-dominated temperate deciduous forest stands responds to soil water status regardless of their age—an intact core incubation study. Annals of Forest Science 79, 29 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-022-01145-9

Data and/or Code availability
The datasets analysed during the current study are available in the dorel repository (https://dorel.univ-lorraine.fr/), https://doi.org/10.12763/B5ETNU

Handling Editor
Alexia Stokes

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