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Title: Combining spectroscopic and isotopic techniques gives a dynamic view of phosphorus cycling in soil

Abstract

Current understanding of phosphorus (P) cycling in soils can be enhanced by integrating previously discrete findings concerning P speciation, exchange kinetics, and the underlying biological and geochemical processes. Here, we combine sequential extraction with P K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy and isotopic methods ( 33P and 18O in phosphate) to characterize P cycling on a climatic gradient in Hawaii. We link P pools to P species and estimate the turnover times for commonly considered P pools. Dissolved P turned over in seconds, resin-extractable P in minutes, NaOH-extractable inorganic P in weeks to months, and HCl-extractable P in years to millennia. Furthermore, we show that in arid-zone soils, some primary mineral P remains even after 150 ky of soil development, whereas in humid-zone soils of the same age, all P in all pools has been biologically cycled. The integrative information we provide makes possible a more dynamic, process-oriented conceptual model of P cycling in soils.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [1]
  1. Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland). Inst. of Agricultural Sciences
  2. Univ. of Bonn (Germany). Inst. of Crop Science and Resource Conservation; McGill Univ., Montreal, QC (Canada)
  3. California State Univ. (CalState), Long Beach, CA (United States). Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  4. Univ. of Montpellier, Montpellier (France). Eco&Sols, Montpellier SupAgro
  5. Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States). Dept. of Geography
  6. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Biology
  7. Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland). Inst. of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics
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Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1468730
Grant/Contract Number:  
[AC02-76SF00515]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 1]; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Helfenstein, Julian, Tamburini, Federica, von Sperber, Christian, Massey, Michael S., Pistocchi, Chiara, Chadwick, Oliver A., Vitousek, Peter M., Kretzschmar, Ruben, and Frossard, Emmanuel. Combining spectroscopic and isotopic techniques gives a dynamic view of phosphorus cycling in soil. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05731-2.
Helfenstein, Julian, Tamburini, Federica, von Sperber, Christian, Massey, Michael S., Pistocchi, Chiara, Chadwick, Oliver A., Vitousek, Peter M., Kretzschmar, Ruben, & Frossard, Emmanuel. Combining spectroscopic and isotopic techniques gives a dynamic view of phosphorus cycling in soil. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05731-2.
Helfenstein, Julian, Tamburini, Federica, von Sperber, Christian, Massey, Michael S., Pistocchi, Chiara, Chadwick, Oliver A., Vitousek, Peter M., Kretzschmar, Ruben, and Frossard, Emmanuel. Mon . "Combining spectroscopic and isotopic techniques gives a dynamic view of phosphorus cycling in soil". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05731-2. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1468730.
@article{osti_1468730,
title = {Combining spectroscopic and isotopic techniques gives a dynamic view of phosphorus cycling in soil},
author = {Helfenstein, Julian and Tamburini, Federica and von Sperber, Christian and Massey, Michael S. and Pistocchi, Chiara and Chadwick, Oliver A. and Vitousek, Peter M. and Kretzschmar, Ruben and Frossard, Emmanuel},
abstractNote = {Current understanding of phosphorus (P) cycling in soils can be enhanced by integrating previously discrete findings concerning P speciation, exchange kinetics, and the underlying biological and geochemical processes. Here, we combine sequential extraction with P K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy and isotopic methods (33P and 18O in phosphate) to characterize P cycling on a climatic gradient in Hawaii. We link P pools to P species and estimate the turnover times for commonly considered P pools. Dissolved P turned over in seconds, resin-extractable P in minutes, NaOH-extractable inorganic P in weeks to months, and HCl-extractable P in years to millennia. Furthermore, we show that in arid-zone soils, some primary mineral P remains even after 150 ky of soil development, whereas in humid-zone soils of the same age, all P in all pools has been biologically cycled. The integrative information we provide makes possible a more dynamic, process-oriented conceptual model of P cycling in soils.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-018-05731-2},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = [1],
volume = [9],
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {8}
}

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