Global climate change and tree nutrition: effects of elevated CO2 and temperature
Lukac, M., Calfapietra, C., Lagomarsino, A. and Loreto, F. (2010) Global climate change and tree nutrition: effects of elevated CO2 and temperature. Tree Physiology, 30 (9). pp. 1209-1220. ISSN 0829-318X
To link to this article DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpq040
Although tree nutrition has not been the primary focus of large climate change experiments on trees, we are beginning to understand its links to elevated atmospheric CO2 and temperature changes. This review focuses on the major nutrients, namely N and P, and deals with the effects of climate change on the processes that alter their cycling and availability. Current knowledge regarding biotic and abiotic agents of weathering, mobilization and immobilization of these elements will be discussed. To date, controlled environment studies have identified possible effects of climate change on tree nutrition. Only some of these findings, however, were verified in ecosystem scale experiments. Moreover, to be able to predict future effects of climate change on tree nutrition at this scale, we need to progress from studying effects of single factors to analysing interactions between factors such as elevated CO2, temperature or water availability.