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Effect of different dolomitic limestone dosages on soil respiration in a mid-altitudinal Norway spruce stand

Jana Rosíková (1)   , Eva Darenova (2), Aleš Kučera (1), Daniel Volarík (3), Valerie Vranová (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 12, Issue 4, Pages 357-365 (2019)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2894-012
Published: Jul 05, 2019 - Copyright © 2019 SISEF

Research Articles

The study focuses on the effect of chemical amelioration of dolomitic limestone (doses of 0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 26 t ha-1) on soil respiration in a Norway spruce monoculture in mid-altitudinal elevation during one-year period after application. Firstly, the soil respiration was measured in situ as monthly CO2 efflux from the soil surface horizon in the period May to October 2016. Secondly, basal respiration, microbial biomass carbon and metabolic quotient of the organic H and organo-mineral A horizons were assessed under laboratory conditions within one year after the treatment. Soil CO2 efflux increased by 3 to 31% and by 29 to 98% for the ameliorant of 2 and 26 t ha-1, respectively, compared to the unlimed control treatment. The CO2 efflux was significantly driven by external conditions such as soil moisture and temperature, especially in the last seasonal months. Basal respiration of the H horizon increased up to a dose of 9 t ha-1 but decreased at 26 t ha-1. In the A horizon, microbial activity increased in all the limed variants compared to the non-limed variant. A similar trend was observed in microbial carbon and the metabolic quotient of the soil. Our results prove that the ameliorant doses commonly used in the forestry sector (3-4 t ha-1) substantially increase the soil microbial activity during (soil CO2 efflux) and after (laboratory data) the first year after application. This results in the accelerated mineralization of soil organic material and subsequent loss from the forest ecosystem.


Amelioration, Basal Respiration, Liming, Picea abies, Soil CO2 Efflux

Authors’ address

Jana Rosíková
Aleš Kučera 0000-0002-3139-7675
Valerie Vranová 0000-0003-0931-2345
Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Department of Geology and Pedology, Zemedelska 3, 61300 Brno (Czech Republic)
Eva Darenova 0000-0002-2666-6869
Global Change Research Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Belidla 4a, 60300 Brno (Czech Republic)
Daniel Volarík
Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Department of Forest Botany, Dendrology and Geobiocoenology, Zemedelska 3, 61300 Brno (Czech Republic)

Corresponding author

Jana Rosíková


Rosíková J, Darenova E, Kučera A, Volarík D, Vranová V (2019). Effect of different dolomitic limestone dosages on soil respiration in a mid-altitudinal Norway spruce stand. iForest 12: 357-365. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2894-012

Academic Editor

Rossella Guerrieri

Paper history

Received: Jun 11, 2018
Accepted: Apr 13, 2019

First online: Jul 05, 2019
Publication Date: Aug 31, 2019
Publication Time: 2.77 months

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