Plant and Soil

, Volume 78, Issue 1–2, pp 201–208 | Cite as

Seasonal fluctuations of the mineral concentration of alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn.) from the field

  • C. Rodríguez-Barrueco
  • C. Miguel
  • P. Subramaniam


The seasonal fluctuation of N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Mo, and Co, in leaves, roots and nodules of 40–50 year oldAlnus glutinosa trees growing at four different locations along the banks of the Tormes river, in the province of Salamanca, was studied. Also, the evolution of the soil organic matter under the trees sampled was evaluated. The data obtained for the various nutrient elements in the three plant parts are statistically treated at the significance levels of 99–95 per cent, and some remarks as to the nutritional status of the European alder in respect to the nutrients and its contribution to soil nutrient-cycling are provided. A positive correlation was found between N−P, N−K, N−Mg, and N−Mo, in leaves, and between N−P, N−K, N−Fe, N−Mn, and N−Mo in root nodules. In roots only, no significance at any level was obtained between N and any of the elements analyzed.

Key words

Alnus glutinosa Frankia Nutrient cycling Seasonal fluctuation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Rodríguez-Barrueco
    • 1
  • C. Miguel
    • 1
  • P. Subramaniam
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit of Nitrogen Fixation, Centro de Edafología y Biología AplicadaC.S.I.CSalamancaSpain

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