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Revista de Biología Tropical

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MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ, José Luis. Leaf and soil nitrogen and phosphorus availability in a neotropical rain forest of nutrient-rich soil. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2006, vol.54, n.2, pp.357-361. ISSN 0034-7744.

The nitrogen and phosphorus supply in a lowland rain forest with a nutrient-rich soil was investigated by means of the leaf N/P quotient. It was hypothesised a high N and P supply to the forest ecosystem with a N and P rich soil. Total N and extractable P were determined in the surface (10 cm) soil of three plots of the forest. Total N was analysed by the Kjeldahl method, and P was extracted with HCl and NH4F. The leaf N/P quotient was evaluated from the senesced leaves of 11 dominant tree species from the mature forest. Samples of 5 g of freshly fallen leaves were collected from three trees of each species. Nitrogen was analysed by microkjeldahl digestion with sulphuric acid and distilled with boric acid, and phosphorus was analysed by digestion with nitric acid and perchloric acid, and determined by photometry. Concentrations of total N (0.50%, n = 30) and extractable P (4.11 μg g-1, n = 30) in the soil were high. As expected, P supply was sufficient, but contrary to expected, N supply was low (N/P = 11.8, n = 11). Rev. Biol. Trop. 54(2): 357-361. Epub 2006 Jun 01.

Keywords : Los Tuxtlas; lowland forest; Mexico; N/P ratio; senescent leaves.

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