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dc.contributor.authorAndivia Muñoz, Enrique 
dc.contributor.authorBou, Jordi
dc.contributor.authorFernández Martínez, Manuel 
dc.contributor.authorCaritat, Antonia
dc.contributor.authorAlejano Monge, Reyes 
dc.contributor.authorVilar, Lluís
dc.contributor.authorVázquez Piqué, Javier
dc.identifier.citationAndivia, E., Bou, J., Fernández, M., Caritat, A., Alejano, R., Vilar, L., Vázquez Piqué, J. Assessing the relative role of climate on litterfall in Mediterranean cork oak forests. iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, 11(6), 786–793. (2018). DOI:
dc.description.abstractLitterfall plays a key role in the dynamic of forest ecosystems, ultimately determining forest productivity and carbon and nutrient cycling. Increasing our understanding on the role of structural and environmental factors controlling litterfall amount and seasonality is of paramount importance for modelling and estimating soil carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling under climate change scenarios. However, the effect of climatic conditions on litterfall has been scarcely studied, especially in Mediterranean ecosystems. Here, we used nine years of seasonally collected litterfall data in two contrasting Mediterranean cork oak forests to evaluate the effect of climatic variables on leaf fall and litterfall. First, we isolated the litterfall seasonal trend and the between-sites differences in production by using linear mixed models. Then, we evaluated the effect of climatic variables and whether this effect was site-specific. We found a consistent litterfall seasonal pattern, mainly determined by leaf shedding (70% of litterfall). Leaf fall mainly occurs in spring with a second but much smaller peak in autumn some years. Mean temperature, precipitation and mean wind speed strongly influenced litterfall, but this effect was sitespecific. In the forest site located at higher latitude and altitude, leaf fall increased linearly with temperature and showed a positive quadratic response to precipitation. In the water-limited site, leaf fall was reduced as temperature increased and did not respond to precipitation. These results have implications for modelling and predicting soil carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and the forest ecosystem productivity. Specifically, carbon and nutrient cycling models can be improved by incorporating idiosyncratic forest sites responses to climatic variability.es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study was supported by Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain, the National Agriculture Research Institute (INIA; ref: SUM2006-00026-00-00), and the Diputacio de Girona, Spain. EA was supported by a postdoctoral grant founded by the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. We gratefully acknowledge the logistic support from the Montseny Natural Park, and the valuable help of numerous people during the sampling along the study period. We are also very grateful to Zoe Rohrer for the revision of the English language. The comments and suggestions of two anonymous reviewers contributed to improve previous version of this manuscript.
dc.publisherItalian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecologyes_ES
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dc.rightsAtribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España*
dc.subject.otherLeaf Falles_ES
dc.subject.otherPlant-soil Interactionses_ES
dc.subject.otherQuercus suberes_ES
dc.titleAssessing the relative role of climate on litterfall in Mediterranean cork oak forestses_ES
dc.relation.projectIDinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/National Agriculture Research Institute (INIA) [SUM2006-00026-00-00]

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