Nitrogen and phosphorus reabsorption efficiency and stoichiometric relationships during senescence in species of the Sonoran Desert

Reabsorción de N y P

keywords: reabsortion efficiency, resorption proficiency, ecology stoichiometry, biogeochemistry, drylands


Background: Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) are the most limiting nutrients in plants and their resorption efficiency suggest conservation strategies. Resorption also change litter stoichiometry and affect ecological interactions and biogeochemical cycles along aridity gradients.

Species nutrient resorption efficiency will be higher in sites at the arid extreme, such that resorption proficiency and stoichiometry for C:N and C:P will be higher in senescent leaves.

Studied species: Ipomoea arborescens, Fouquieria macdougalii, Cercidium microphyllum, Encelia farinosa, Mimosa laxiflora, Jatropha cardiophylla, Olneya tesota, Prosopis velutina, Cercidium floridum, Fouquieria splendens, Brongniartia minutifolia, Jatropha cordata, Colubrina viridis, Larrea tridentata and Cercidium praecox.

Study site and years of study: Three sites along and aridity gradient in the Sonoran Desert, Central Region in Sonora. August to November 2017 and 2018.

Methods: We obtained N and P reabsorption efficiency, as well as stoichiometric proportions for C:N y N:P from green and senescent leaves to compare species, functional types and sites.

Results: N and P reabsorption efficiency decreased with aridity and C:N and C:P stoichiometry of senescent leaves, as well as N:P for legumes.

Conclusions: Reabsorption efficiency does not suggest a resource conservation strategy, however different functional types allowed us to differentiate ecological and stoichiometric strategies, in particular legumes, that help enhance their role in the biogeochemistry of Sonoran and Mexican arid lands.


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Author Biographies

Milagros Guadalupe Alvarez-Moreno, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora

Alumno de Posgrado. Maestría en Biociencias. DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora.

Alejandro E. Castellanos, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora

Doctor, Profesor-Investigador Tiempo Completo, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora

José Manuel Llano-Sotelo, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora

Doctor, Recursos Naturales. Técnico Tiempo Completo. DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora.

José Raúl Romo-León, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora

Doctor, Profesor-investigador tiempo completo, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora.

Kadiya del Carmen Calderón-Alvarado, DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora

Doctora, Profesora-Investigadora tiempo completo. DICTUS, Universidad de Sonora

Martín Esqueda, CIAD, A.C., Hermosillo, Sonora

Doctor. Investigador Tiempo completo. Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A. C.

Nitrogen and phosphorus reabsorption efficiency and stoichiometric relationships during senescence in species of the Sonoran Desert


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How to Cite
Alvarez-Moreno, M. G., Castellanos, A. E., Llano-Sotelo, J. M., Romo-León, J. R., Calderón-Alvarado, K. del C., & Esqueda, M. (2021). Nitrogen and phosphorus reabsorption efficiency and stoichiometric relationships during senescence in species of the Sonoran Desert. Botanical Sciences, 99(3), 499-513.