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Day and night respiration of three tree species in a temperate forest of northeastern China

Jinwei Sun (1-2), Dexin Guan (1), Jiabing Wu (1)   , Yanli Jing (1-2), Fenghui Yuan (1-2), Anzhi Wang (1), Changjie Jin (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 25-32 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0982-007
Published: May 26, 2014 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

Research Articles

Leaf day respiration is one of the most fundamental plant physiological processes and plays a vital role in the plant carbon cycle. However, day respiration is inherently complex and difficult to measure. In this study, the Kok method and the Laisk method were used to measure leaf day respiration for the saplings of one evergreen conifer species (Pinus koraiensis) and two deciduous broadleaved species (Tilia amurensis and Fraxinus mandshurica) in a temperate forest. Results show that discrepancy between the corrected day respiration values estimated by the Kok and Laisk methods was only 4% for the three tree species. On average, day respiration was 55.9% and 52.6% lower compared to night respiration for the three tree species, as measured by the Kok and Laisk method, respectively. Day respiration of the evergreen conifer species estimated by the Kok method was 31.7% lower while that estimated by the Laisk method was 36.8% lower than that of the deciduous broadleaved species. Night respiration of the evergreen conifer trees was 40.7% lower than those of the deciduous broadleaved trees. Day respiration rate is positively correlated with night respiration rate. Notably, day respiration rate decreased with increased photosynthetic photon flux density, and even a small amount of light significantly inhibited leaf day respiration in all three species.


Dark Respiration, Deciduous Broadleaved Tree, Evergreen Conifer Tree, Gross Primary Production, Light Inhibition, Temperate Forest

Authors’ address

Jinwei Sun
Dexin Guan
Jiabing Wu
Yanli Jing
Fenghui Yuan
Anzhi Wang
Changjie Jin
State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)
Jinwei Sun
Yanli Jing
Fenghui Yuan
Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

Corresponding author

Jiabing Wu


Sun J, Guan D, Wu J, Jing Y, Yuan F, Wang A, Jin C (2015). Day and night respiration of three tree species in a temperate forest of northeastern China. iForest 8: 25-32. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0982-007

Academic Editor

Giustino Tonon

Paper history

Received: Feb 28, 2013
Accepted: Mar 31, 2014

First online: May 26, 2014
Publication Date: Feb 02, 2015
Publication Time: 1.87 months

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