Phosphorous in Boreal Peatlands

  • Mark R. Walbridge
  • John A. Navaratnam
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 188)

11. 8 Conclusions

  1. 1.

    Boreal peatlands are an important global C sink. This C is potentially labile under future global warming scenarios. Nutrient (N and P) availability could influence rates of both C fixation and C oxidation under future warming scenarios.

  2. 2.

    N and P availabilities are closely balanced in boreal peatlands, and N and P are likely to be tightly conserved in these ecosystems.

  3. 3.

    Both N and P can limit NPP in boreal peatlands. Either N or P can be limiting, depending of developmental history and current anthropogenic influence.

  4. 4.

    Little is known about P cycling in boreal peatlands. Three specific areas of research are proposed that would greatly improve our understanding in this area.



Sphagnum Species Boreal Peatlands Carex Lasiocarpa Carex Rostrata Peatland Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark R. Walbridge
    • 1
  • John A. Navaratnam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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