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Yan, XL., Dai, TF., Zhao, D. et al. J For Res (2016) 21: 280. doi:10.1007/s10310-016-0540-7
Fast-growing poplar plantations are considered of great benefit to both timber production and carbon (C) sequestration, and are increasingly planted for multiple purposes worldwide. Irrigation and fertilization are common management practices in plantations in semiarid regions. However, quantitative investigation of the integrative effect of surface drip irrigation and fertigation (SDIF) on biomass and C storage in poplar plantations remains limited. In this study, we conducted a field experiment on a fast-growing poplar cultivar (Populus × euramericana cv. Guariento) plantation to compare the combination of surface drip irrigation and fertigation in growing seasons with conventional management (control; CK). Experiments repeated over 2 years showed that SDIF significantly increased biomass and C storage in both trees and soil in the plantation compared with the CK. Tree biomass C in SDIF-treated and CK stands after the first year of the experiment (age 5) was 6.20 and 4.05 t C ha, respectively, and the difference further increased, i.e., 15.18 and 8.63 t C ha, respectively, after the second year of the experiment (age 6). There was 53 and 76 % higher C storage in SDIF-treated trees than in the CK trees after the first and second years of the experiment, respectively. The SDIF increased the soil C concentration, especially in the surface soil at 0- to 40-cm depth. Soil organic C at a depth of 0–60 cm under the SDIF treatment was 45.42, 50.87 and 61.32 t C ha in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years, respectively, with annual increases of 12 and 21 % between the first and second, and second and third year, respectively. The corresponding soil organic C in the CK was 43.08, 43.57 and 47.92 t C ha in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years; the annual increases were only 1 and 10 %, respectively. The results confirmed the significant effect of the combined management on C storage in poplar plantations, thus we suggest it can be applied in forestry management, even though it generally did not change C concentrations of tree components.
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