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New Research Topic: Changes in Forest Ecosystem Nutrition

Contributions are welcome!


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About the Research Topic

Continued deterioration of phosphorus supply and changes in nitrogen dynamics in forest ecosystems has been emphasized in recent ecosystem studies. Detrimental consequences of any such nutrient based changes in forest ecosystems are expected because of the tight feedbacks on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Globally, forest change and associated changes in nutrient supply are perceived to be results of multiple factors including rising temperatures, more frequent weather extremes, continued high N inputs, decreasing biodiversity, and increased intensity in forest management practices. Traditional approaches of plant nutrition are not entirely sufficient for the assessment and evaluation of interactions between nutrient supply and forest change. For example, they fail to address essential aspects such as the nutrient mobilization and demand by microorganisms, the interactions among trees of different species identity or ontogenetic stage, or between other organisms such as herbs, microorganisms, and herbivores. The feedbacks between living organisms and soil properties and their impact on nutrient dynamics, and the interactions between hydrological and biogeochemical cycles remain also poorly understood.

In this Research Topic, we invite submissions addressing all facets of a novel, holistic “ecosystem nutrition” approach. Ecosystem nutrition combines the concepts of nutrient cycling, biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology, thereby integrating processes at different spatial and temporal scales and in different ecosystem compartments as well as interactions and feedbacks associated with the nutrition of an ecosystem. Thus, this Research Topic has a wide focus on novel advanced concepts, methods and results ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem and landscape scale. Furthermore we are looking for contributions investigating the spatial heterogeneity of forest ecosystems, as well as their medium and long-term responses to changing nutrition. Finally, modelling approaches for a better understanding of those complex interactions are highly welcome.


For more details see also "Changes in Forest Ecosystem Nutrition"


Submission Deadlines

15 October 2019     Abstract
15 February 2020     Manuscript





First announcement: International workshop Organic Phosphorus 2020








From Land to Sea

An interdiciplinary workshop to synthesize recent advances in research on organic phosphorus across ecosystems; from land
to sea and from the tropics to the arctic.

 Following up the last workshop held in 2016 in the Lake District (UK) the next Organic Phosphorus workshop will take place from 



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  7 - 11th September 2020 in Abisko (Sweden).


Contact: Professor Reiner Giesler, Umeå University reiner.giesler@umu.se 

(Please, always use ”OP2019” as subject heading in any e-mail communication about the workshop)


You will find updates on the workshop on the soil P forum website (http://soilpforum.com/op202) .

An early flayer can be downloaded here.  





FowiTa 2018 - Neue Deadline für die Einreichung von Beiträgen


Die Deadline für die Einreichung von Beiträgen für die FowiTa 2018 vom 24.-27. September 2018 in Göttingen wurde verlängert.

Beiträge zu den verschiedenen Sessions können noch bis zum 30. Mai 2018 eingereicht werden.

Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter: www.fowita-konferenz.de





FowiTa 2018 - Session "Der Einfluss von Störungen auf den P Kreislauf von Waldökosystemen"


Aktuelle Arbeiten zeigen, dass Waldökosysteme in gemäßigtem Klima nur wenig P verlieren. Störungen des ökologischen Gleichgewichtes können jedoch zu P Verlusten oder einer Midnerung der P-Verfügbarkeit in Wäldern führen. Zu solchen Störungen gehören "natürliche Ereignisse", wie Windwurf oder Schneebruch, menschlich induzierte Ereignisse wie zunehmende Trockenheit, ansteigende Temperaturen oder N-Einträge sowie nutzungsbedingte Eingriffe (P-Export mit der Ernte, Bodenverdichtung, Kahlschlag, Veränderung der Baumartenverteilung, Kalkung). Im Rahmen der Session "Der Einfluss von Störungen auf den P Kreislauf von Waldökosystemen" soll sikutiert werdene welche Konsequenzen solche Störungen für die P-Versorgung von Waldökosystemen haben, welche Prozesse zu Regeneration des gestörten P-Kreislaufs beitragen und welche Waldökosysteme besonders sensitiv auf derartige Störungen reagieren. Neben dem Erfahrungsaustausch soll auch diskutiert werden, welche abgeleiteten Maßnahmen zum P-nachhaltigen Management von Wäldern beitragen können.

Die FowiTa 2018 findet vom 24.-27. September 2018 in Göttingen statt.

Beiträge zu dieser oder einer anderen Session können bis zum 21. Mai 2018 eingereicht werden.

Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter: www.fowita-konferenz.de





EGU 2018:  Interdisciplinary session on the global Phosphorus cycle


In 2018 we will celebrate 5 years of the Interdisciplinary session on the global Phosphorus cycle at the EGU meeting in Vienna. During this time your contributions have helped to make the session an annual success, and to foster a broad-based community of phosphorus scientists within EGU.

We would like to invite you to continue these traditions and join us again at the meeting on 8-13 April 2018. Please visit http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/26380 before 10 January 2018 to submit your abstract.

The conveners:

Tom Jilbert, Friederike Lang, Phil Haygarth, Federica Tamburini, Ben Turner, Jaane Krueger, Tobias Goldhammer




Research into organic phosphorus is key to ensure food security and environmental sustainability


A non-renewable resource, phosphorus (P) is essential for crop and food production. However, due to inefficient use and limited global reserves, inorganic P fertilisers will become less economically viable and there are concerns about future supplies and the environmental consequences of mismanagement. Without action, this situation could undermine agricultural productivity and sustainability.

A large proportion of P is already present in soils in organic forms, which are fundamental for biological and ecosystems functions in the terrestrial environment, as well as cell function, growth and reproduction.

During an Organic P workshop held in the Lake District in September 2016 a group of 102 scientist from 23 countries  - including 10 members of SPP 1685 - agree, that "organic P research has a critical role to play in tackling a number of important global challenges and there are key contributions to be made toward understanding biogeochemical cycles, dynamics and function of natural ecosystems and the management of agricultural systems".

Following the mmetin in the Lake District the paper Organic phosphorus in the terrestrial environment: a perspective on the state of the art and future priorities is published in Plant and Soil. The article is part of a Special Issue of papers associated with the Organic P workshop.



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Dates & Events





July 26 - 31, 2020
Tartu (Estonia)

10th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior

The focus of BIOGEOMON is on the biogeochemistry of forest and natural ecosystems as influenced by anthropogenic and environmental factors. We invite empirical and modeling studies on fluxes and processes related to the turnover of major and trace elements at the ecosystem, watershed, landscape, and global scale.

Themes/Sessions (preliminary):

- Nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes at catchment level
- Biogeochemistry of lakes and rivers
- Biogeochemistry of wetlands
- Remote sensing for modelling of biogeochemical fluxes
- Fluxes between atmosphere & ecosystems
- Aerosols and VOCs in ecosystem functioning
- Methane and nitrous oxide fluxes from trees
- Biodiversity issues of ecosystem behavior
- Trace elements biogeochemistry
- Rhizosphere processes in ecosystem functioning
- Microbial and fungal processes in ecosystem biogeochemistry
- Ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation
- Peatland processes

Deadline for abstract submission: 4. April 2020

For further information see: https://sisu.ut.ee/biogeomon2020



Eurosoil 2020



August 24 - 28, 2020 
Geneva (Switzerland)

Connecting people and soil

Eurosoil 2020 objective is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasized.

Deadline for abstract submission 20 February 2020.

Congress website: https://eurosoil2020.com/


International workshop Organic Phosphorus 2020



September 7 - 11, 2020 
Abisko (Sweden)


From Land to Sea

An interdiciplinary workshop to synthesize recent advances in research on organic phosphorus across ecosystems; from land to sea and from the tropics to the arctic.

Contact: Professor Reiner Giesler, Umeå University reiner.giesler@umu.se 

(Please, always use ”OP2019” as subject heading in any e-mail communication about the workshop)


You will find updates on the workshop on the soil P forum website (http://soilpforum.com/op202) .

An early flayer can be downloaded here


FowiTa 2020



September 14 - 17, 2020
Weihenstephan (Germany)


Wald: Wie weiter?



Die geplanten Schwerpunktthemen sind:

1. Wald, Politik und Gesellschaft
2. Klimawandel und Wald
3. Biodiversität und Schutz der Lebensgrundlagen
4. Holz: Zukunftsressource der Bioökonomie
5. Steuerung von Waldökosystemen
6. Boden, Wasser, Stoffkreisläufe
7. Arbeitsplatz Wald
8. Open Topic (Grenzgänger-Themen)


Erste Informationen zur Tagung finden Sie hier


IUFRO 2019 - XXV IUFRO World Congress



September 29 - October 05, 2019 
Curitiba (Brasil)

Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development

In 2019, for the first time Latin America will host a World Congress of the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations). This event will take place in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, from September 29 to October 5, and will be organized and coordinated by the Brazilian Forest Service (SFB) and EMBRAPA. Approximately three thousand participants are expected at the event, which will discuss various aspects related to forest research.
The Congress will be a great opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge on technological innovations, as well as to stay up to date on the latest research findings and trends for the future of forestry and forest research in all areas of the world.
It will also represent a major meeting place for researchers, teachers, students, and professionals in the forestry sector worldwide to come together.

Abstracts will be accepted until 31 December 2018, and authors will be advised if their presentation is accepted by the end of February 2019.

Congress registration and abstract submission is available here: http://iufro2019.com/abstracts-submission/

Congress website: http://www.iufro2019.com/


SPP 1685 Final Closing Conefrence 2020



September 28 - October 02, 2020 (Three days)
Freiburg, (Germany)



New Publications





Ganta, P. B., Kühn, O., Ahmed, A. A.: QM/MM simulations of organic phosphorus adsorption at the diaspore-water interface, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, avaialble online (2019) doi: 10.1039/C9CP04032C 





Uhlig, D., von Blanckenburg, F.: How slow rock weathering balances nutrient loss during fast forest floor turnover in montane, temperate forest ecosystems, Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, Article 159 (2019) doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00159 



Frontiers inplantscience


Meller, S., Frossard, E., Luster, J.: Phosphorus Allocation to Leaves of Beech Saplings Reacts to Soil Phosphorus Availability, Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, Article 744 (2019) doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00744 





Klotzbücher, A., Kaiser, K., Klotzbücher, T., Wolff, M., Mikutta, R.: Testing mechanisms underlying the Hedley sequential phosphorus extraction of soils, Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Sceince, 182(4), 570-577 (2019) doi: 10.1002/jpln.201800652 





Netzer, F., Pozzi, L., Dubbert, D., Herschbach, C.: Improved photosynthesis and growth of poplar during nitrogen fertilization is accompanied by phosphorus depletion that indicates phosphorus remobilization from older stem tissues. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 162, 421-432 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.03.017



Frontiers inplantscience


Scheerer, U., Trube, N., Netzer, F., Rennenberg, H., Herschbach, C.: ATP as Phosphorus and Nitrogen Source for Nutrient Uptake by Fagus sylvatica and Populus x canescens Roots. , Frontioers in Plant Science, 10, Article 378 (2019) doi:10.3389/fpls.2019.00378 





Scheerer, U., Netzer, F., Bauer, A.F., Herschbach, C.: Measurement of 18O-Pi uptake indicate fast metabolism of phosphate in tree roots. Plant Biology, available online (2019). doi:10.1111/plb.12922





Netzer, F., Turnbull, T., Mult, S., Alfarraj, S., Albasher, G., Herschbach, C., Adams, M., Rennenberg, H.: Mineral nutrition of sub-alpine Australien vegetation under nutrient deficiency depends on lifeform. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 160, 92-100 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.01.007





Spohn, M., Schluess, P.-M. : Addition of inorganic phosphorus to soil leads to desorption of organic compounds and thus to increased soil respiration, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 130, 220-226 (2019) doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.12.018 





Kohler M., Niederberger J., Wichser A., Bierbaß P., Rötzer T., Spiecker H., Bauhus J.: Using tree rings to reconstruct changes in soil P availability – Results from forest fertilization trials. Dendrochronologia 54, 11-19 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2019.01.001





Prietzel, J., Klysubun, W.: Phosphorus K-edge XANES spectroscopy has probably often underestimated iron oxyhydroxidebound P in soils, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 25 (6), 1736-1744 (2018) doi:10.1107/S1600577518013334 





Heuck, C., Smolka, G., Whalen, E., Frey, S., Gundersen, P., Moldan, F., Fernandez, I.J., Spohn, M.: Effects of long-term nitrogen addition on phosphorus cycling in organic soil horizons of termperate forests, Biogeochemistry,141(2), 167-181 (2018) doi: 10.1007/s10533-018-0511-5 




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