Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry

, Volume 75, Issue 1, pp 17–32 | Cite as

Exchange fluxes of VOSCs between rice paddy fields and the atmosphere in the oasis of arid area in Xinjiang, China

  • Wei Wen Jing
  • Ning Li
  • Xiao Fang Li
  • De Qiang Li
  • Li Ling Wang


Investigations about VOSCs (volatile organic sulfur compounds) have been received increasing attention for their significant contribution to the nonvolcanic background sulfate layer in the stratosphere and the earth’s radiation balance and as a potential tool to understand the carbon budget. In this study, COS and CS2 were always recorded throughout the entire rice cultivation season of 2014. COS fluxes appeared as emission in non-planted soil and as uptake in planted soil, the corresponding results were obtained as 2.66 and −2.35 pmol·m−2·s−1, respectively. For CS2, both planted and non-planted paddy fields acted as sources with an emission rate of 1.02 pmol·m−2·s−1 and 2.40 pmol·m−2·s−1, respectively. COS emission or uptake rates showed a distinct seasonal variation, with the highest fluxes at the jointing-booting stage. COS and CS2 fluxes increased with increasing N fertilizer use because of improved plant and microbial growth and activity. Plots treated with both N and S reduced COS and CS2 fluxes slightly compared with plots with only-N treatment. Light, soil moisture or temperature showed no significant correlation with COS and CS2 fluxes, but revealed the important impacts on the magnitude and direction of gases fluxes. The results also showed that the (available) sulfur contents in soil and roots had a certain effect on VOSCs emission or uptake. Our results highlight the significance of biotic and abiotic production and consumption processes existing in the soil.


Volatile organic sulfur compounds (VOSCs) Rice paddy field Arid area oasis Flux 



This research was supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41263004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Wen Jing
    • 1
  • Ning Li
    • 2
  • Xiao Fang Li
    • 1
  • De Qiang Li
    • 1
  • Li Ling Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Chemistry Laboratory, College of Chemical EngineeringXinjiang Agricultural University, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous RegionUrumqiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Pratacultural & Environmental SciencesXinjiang Agricultural University, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous RegionUrumqiPeople’s Republic of China

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