Nitrogen fixation and accretion by wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) in slash pine (Pinus elliottii) plantations

Permar, T.A.; Fisher, R.F.

Forest Ecology and Management 5(1): 39-46


ISSN/ISBN: 0378-1127
DOI: 10.1016/0378-1127(83)90067-1
Accession: 001102690

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The effects of wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) on the N cycle were examined in a 23-year-old slash pine plantation located near Gainesville, Florida. These shrubs occurred naturally as an understorey and had a crown cover of 8% of the study area. The annual potential rate of N fixation by wax myrtle was estimated to be 13 g/m2, or 10.6 kg/ha on a stand wide basis. Wax myrtle fixed substantial amounts of N throughout the year although winter rates were significantly less due to the greatly reduced activity of old nodules during that season. The average annual accumulation rate of N beneath wax myrtle was 1.5 g/m2 in the soil and 0.9 g/m2 in the forest floor. On a stand wide basis this amounted to an accretion of 1.9 kg/ha in the soil and forest floor. From authors' summary.