Phosphorous in Boreal Peatlands
11. 8 Conclusions
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.
N and P availabilities are closely balanced in boreal peatlands, and N and P are likely to be tightly conserved in these ecosystems.
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.
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.
KeywordsSphagnum Species Boreal Peatlands Carex Lasiocarpa Carex Rostrata Peatland Development
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