ALBARIÑO Ricardo Javier
Seasonal patterns of organic matter stoichiometry along a mountain catchment
DÍAZ VILLANUEVA, V.; BASTIDAS NAVARRO, M.; ALBARIÑO, R.
Lugar: Berlin; Año: 2016
Organic matter (OM) nutrient content is expected to change from the upstream forested reaches to the open valley and these changes could depend on seasonal patterns. The aim of this study was to analyze OM carbon and nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) content, from a forested headwater to the open vegetation downstream reach. We sampled four sites along a mountain catchment over the course of one year and quantified fine particulate organic carbon (FPOC) in transport and dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Both FPOC and DOC concentration decreased downstream and changes in OM stoichiometry depended on the season. Stoichiometry of FPOM and DOM along the catchment was similar in autumn, with higher C:P and C:N ratios upstream, which could be associated with the relative importance of allochthonous versus autochthonous OM origin. Conversely in spring, C:N was very low in the forest sites. Our results highlight that headwaters running through pristine forests are a source of POM and DOM for downstream ecosystems and that the quality of such resources depends on season.