The amount but not the proportion of N2 fixation and transfers to neighboring plants varies across grassland soils

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Zhang, Y., Carswell, A. M., Jiang, R., Cardenas, L. M., Chen, D. and Misselbrook, T. H. 2020. The amount but not the proportion of N2 fixation and transfers to neighboring plants varies across grassland soils. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. pp. 1-8.

AuthorsZhang, Y., Carswell, A. M., Jiang, R., Cardenas, L. M., Chen, D. and Misselbrook, T. H.
Abstract

Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) is an important nitrogen source for both N2-fixers and their neighboring plants in natural and managed ecosystems. Biological N fixation can vary considerably depending on soil conditions, yet there is a lack of knowledge on the impact of varying soils on the contribution of N from N2-fixers in mixed swards. In this study, the amount and proportion of BNF from red clover were assessed using three grassland soils. Three soil samples, Hallsworth (HH), Crediton (CN), and Halstow (HW) series, were collected from three grassland sites in Devon, UK. A pot experiment with 15N natural abundance was conducted to estimate BNF from red clover, and the proportion of N transferred from red clover to the non-N2 fixing grass in a grass-clover system. The results showed that BNF in red clover sourced from atmosphere in the HH soil was 2.92 mg N plant−1, which was significantly lower than that of the CN (6.18 mg N plant−1) and HW (8.01 mg N plant−1) soils. Nitrogen in grass sourced from BNF via belowground was 0.46 mg N plant−1 in the HH soil, which was significantly greater than that in CN and HW soils. However, proportionally there were no significant differences in the percentage N content of both red clover and grass sourced from BNF via belowground among soils, at 65%, 67%, 65% and 35%, 27%, 31% in HH, CN, and HW, respectively. Our observations indicate that the amount of BNF by red clover varies among grassland soils, as does the amount of N sourced from BNF that is transferred to neighboring plants, which is linked to biomass production. Proportionally there was no difference among soils in N sourced from BNF in both the red clover plants and transferred to neighboring plants.

KeywordsBiological nitrogen fixation; Soil characteristics; Red clover; Nitrogen transfer; Intercropping; Grassland
Year of Publication2020
JournalSoil Science and Plant Nutrition
Journal citationpp. 1-8
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/00380768.2020.1742075
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00380768.2020.1742075
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBBSRC Newton funding
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeUK - China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy (CINAG)
S2N - Soil to Nutrition [ISPG]
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online31 Mar 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted10 Mar 2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0038-0768

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