EGU21-13723, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Forest fine root biomass and soil CNP stoichiometry across three different biogeographical regions in Croatia

Maša Zorana Ostrogović Sever1, Doroteja Dimoski1, Mislav Anić2, and Hrvoje Marjanović1
Maša Zorana Ostrogović Sever et al.
  • 1Croatian Forest Research Institute, Jastrebarsko, Croatia (
  • 2Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Zagreb, Croatia

Fine root biomass (FRB) is a small but important forest ecosystem pool due to its direct role in ecosystem functioning through belowground carbon and soil nutrient cycling. At the global scale there is evidence that FRB correlates with meteorological parameters, e.g. precipitation and air temperature. Moving from global to regional and local scales other environmental parameters, primarily related to site soil characteristics, become more important.
In this research, we investigated which soil parameters are important as drivers of fine root biomass in three different biogeographical regions in Croatia, namely the Continental, the Alpine and the Mediterranean.  We collected data on soil and site characteristics at 242 locations. Soil parameters include bulk density, texture, pH and C, N and P content, while site parameters were latitude, longitude, elevation, precipitation, air temperature and forest type (Coniferous, Broadleaves, and Maquis/Garigues). Fine root biomass was estimated from soil samples collected at 2-8 positions at each location. Soil was sampled down to 30 cm depth in the mineral layer with a split-tube sampler, and analysed for three depths, i.e. 0-10 cm, 10-20 cm, and 20-30 cm depth.
Across entire dataset, FRB was affected by precipitation, elevation, forest type, soil depth, and soil C/P and N/P relations. Moving down to each biogeographical region separately, a stronger effect of soil phosphorus was observed for the Mediterranean region.

How to cite: Ostrogović Sever, M. Z., Dimoski, D., Anić, M., and Marjanović, H.: Forest fine root biomass and soil CNP stoichiometry across three different biogeographical regions in Croatia, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-13723,, 2021.


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