Biogeosciences Discuss., 6, 4385-4411, 2009
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Non-additive effect of day and night warming on soil respiration in a temperate steppe
J. Xia1,2, Y. Han1,2, Z. Zhang1,2, Z. Zhang1,2, and S. Wan1
1State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China
2Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yuquanlu, Beijing 100049, China

Abstract. This study was conducted to examine potentially differential effects of day and night warming on soil respiration in a temperate steppe in northern China. A full factorial design with day and night warming was used in this study, including control (C), day (6 a.m.–6 p.m., local time; D) warming, night (6 p.m.–6 a.m.; N) warming, and diurnal warming (W). Day warming showed neutral effect on soil respiration, whereas night warming significantly increased soil respiration by 7.1% over the first 3 growing seasons. The insignificant effect of day warming on soil respiration could be attributable to the offset of the direct positive effects by the indirect negative effects via aggravating water limitation and suppressing ecosystem C assimilation. The positive effects of night warming on soil respiration were largely due to the stimulation of ecosystem C uptake and substrate supply via over-compensation of plant photosynthesis. In addition, day and night warming showed antagonistic effects on soil respiration, which could be ascribed to their contrasting effects on ecosystem C assimilation. The results suggest differential and non-additive effects of day and night warming on soil respiration, which was driven by the treatment-induced changes in substrate supply.

Citation: Xia, J., Han, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhang, Z., and Wan, S.: Non-additive effect of day and night warming on soil respiration in a temperate steppe, Biogeosciences Discuss., 6, 4385-4411, doi:10.5194/bgd-6-4385-2009, 2009.
 
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