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posted on 12.04.2022, 05:11 authored by Xiuqing Nie, Dong Wang, Lining Ren, Kaili Ma, Yongzhe Chen, Lucun Yang, Yangong Du, Guoying Zhou

Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) stoichiometry have significant effects on nutrient cycles in terrestrial ecosystems. However, our understanding of the patterns and the driving factors of soil N:P ratios in the Tibetan Plateau shrublands remains limited. Our study aimed to quantify the distribution of soil N:P ratio and its controlling factors based on soil, plant, and climate factors from 59 sites in shrublands across the northeast Tibetan Plateau. The kriging interpolation method was used to quantify the soil N:P distribution. Spatially, the soil N:P ratio was higher in the south than in the north and lower in the west than in the east. The soil N:P ratio in the northeast Tibetan Plateau shrublands was mainly explained by edaphic factors, which also played an important role in regulating the effects of plant and climate factors on soil N:P ratios. Mean annual precipitation, instead of mean annual temperature, significantly controlled the soil N:P ratios, and its effect on the pattern of soil N:P ratios differed between alpine shrublands and desert shrublands. The N:P ratios of different organs in shrublands also played different roles in shaping the soil N:P ratios in alpine and desert shrublands. These results provide support for the hypothesis that edaphic factors were the dominant drivers of spatial variation in soil N:P ratios across the northeast Tibetan Plateau shrublands, and our study contributes to a deeper understanding of biogeochemical cycling at high altitudes.

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