EGU24-12362, updated on 09 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Effects of inorganic nitrogen additions on methane and carbon dioxide production from incubated boreal bog samples

Marianne Böhm1,2, Mackenzie Baysinger2, Karin Potthast1,3, Susanne Liebner4, and Claire Treat2
Marianne Böhm et al.
  • 1Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Geography, Jena, Germany (
  • 2Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung Potsdam
  • 3German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
  • 4Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ

Peatland soils are projected to respond to rising global temperatures with an increase in microbial respiration rates. At the same time, nutrients that were previously bound in undecomposed organic matter will increasingly become available to the decomposer microbial communities. The pathway and magnitude of response in respiration rates to a changing nutrient status remains an open question, especially given that these ecosystems are typically limited in nutrients like nitrogen.

In my ongoing Master thesis within the FluxWIN project, I investigate the effects of adding nitrate and ammonium to incubated peat samples from Siikaneva bog in boreal Finland. Preliminary results from 190 days of incubation indicate that carbon dioxide production was reduced by ammonia additions. Data on methane production were less conclusive, but also point to an average reduction of total C respiration with the N addenda. In summary, this implies that nitrogen was not the sole limiting factor to microbial decomposition, and that the peatland carbon sink is not endangered by nitrogen release.

Samples from above and below the water table exhibit different patterns of carbon mineralization, which may be an expression of different microbial communities: most prominently, a complete lack of methanogenesis in the surface samples. Microbial abundance assays are currently on the way and will help understanding the microbial regime. Further analyses will focus on how the treatments impacted the trajectories of carbon production over time, which will help with understanding how the coupled C and N cycles interact in a warming climate.

How to cite: Böhm, M., Baysinger, M., Potthast, K., Liebner, S., and Treat, C.: Effects of inorganic nitrogen additions on methane and carbon dioxide production from incubated boreal bog samples, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-12362,, 2024.

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  • CC1: Comment on EGU24-12362, Marc Piecha, 16 Apr 2024

    Super nice and consize poster and very enthusiastic yet critical presentation. Thumbs up 👍😁