Poyang Lake is an important wetland with international significance in biodiversity conservation and local carbon cycle. A study was conducted to investigate the effects of vegetation communities on seasonal and spatial variations of soil organic carbon (SOC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in two dominant wetlands (dish-shaped pit wetland and delta wetland) of Poyang Lake, China. Results revealed significant variations of SOC and DOC along the vegetation gradient. Maximum accumulation of SOC and DOC was produced in Phragmites community, and the minimum ones in Phalaris community both in spring and in autumn. In comparison with delta wetland, dish-shaped pit wetland obtained higher SOC within the same vegetation type, which indicated that soils of dish-shaped pit wetland had greater capacity to store carbon. Compared with SOC, DOC represented stronger seasonal variations with great increase in autumn, which suggested that DOC was more sensitive to hydrology processing. Furthermore, significant variations of SOC and DOC were closely related to vegetation biomass both in spring and in autumn. Moreover, elevation and gradient also affected the distributing pattern of organic carbon suggesting significant influence of topography characteristics on the carbon pool.
- Poyang lake
- seasonal variation
- soil organic carbon
- vegetation community
- First received 27 October 2015.
- Accepted in revised form 13 July 2016.
- © 2016 The Authors
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