, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 627–640 | Cite as

Soil Methane Production, Anaerobic and Aerobic Oxidation in Porewater of Wetland Soils of the Minjiang River Estuarine, China

  • W. WangEmail author
  • C. Zeng
  • J. Sardans
  • C. Wang
  • C. Tong
  • J. Peñuelas
Original Research


Wetlands are important sources of methane emission. Anaerobic oxidation, aerobic oxidation and production of methane as well as dissolved methane are important processes of methane metabolism. We studied methane metabolism and the soil influencing factors. Potential soil methane production, anaerobic oxidation and aerobic oxidation rates, and dissolved methane in soil porewater changed seasonally and the annual average was 21.1 ± 5.1 μg g−1d−1, 11.0 ± 3.9 μg g−1d−1, 20.9 ± 5.8 μg g−1d−1, and 62.9 ± 20.6 μmol l−1, respectively. Potential soil methane production and anaerobic and aerobic oxidation were positively correlated among themselves and with soil pH and negatively correlated with soil redox potential (Eh). Potential soil methane production and aerobic and anaerobic oxidation rates were negatively related to pore soil methane concentration. Thus, the more water-saturated the soil (the lower Eh), the higher its capacity to produce methane. The potential soil capacity for methane oxidation was higher both in the same anaerobic circumstances and when the soil was suddenly subjected to aerobic conditions. The results of this study suggested a buffer effect in the methane balance in wetland areas. The environmental circumstances favoring methane production are also favorable for anaerobic methane oxidation.


Methane production Methane anaerobic oxidation Methane aerobic oxidation Dissolved methane Minjiang River estuarine wetland 



The authors would like to thank Hongchang Ren, Xuming Wang and Dongping Zeng for their assistance in field sampling and laboratory analysis. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation of China (41571287, 31000209), Natural Science Foundation Key Programs of Fujian Province (2018R1101006-1), Fujian Provincial Outstanding Young Scientists Program (2017), the European Research Council Synergy grant ERC-SyG-2013-610028 IMBALANCE-P, the Spanish Government grant CGL2016-79835-P and the Catalan Government grant SGR 2014-274.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • C. Zeng
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Sardans
    • 3
    • 4
  • C. Wang
    • 1
  • C. Tong
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Peñuelas
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of GeographyFujian Normal UniversityFuzhouChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Humid Subtropical Eco-geographical Process, Ministry of EducationFujian Normal UniversityFuzhouChina
  3. 3.CSIC, Global Ecology Unit CREAF-CSIC-UABBellaterraSpain
  4. 4.CREAFCerdanyola del VallèsSpain

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