Solar radiation drives methane emissions from the shoots of Scots pine

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Tenhovirta , S A M , Kohl , L , Koskinen , M , Patama , M R , Lintunen , A , Zanetti , A , Lilja , R A I & Pihlatie , M 2022 , ' Solar radiation drives methane emissions from the shoots of Scots pine ' , New Phytologist , vol. 235 , no. 1 , pp. 66-77 .

Title: Solar radiation drives methane emissions from the shoots of Scots pine
Author: Tenhovirta, Salla Aino Maaria; Kohl, Lukas; Koskinen, Markku; Patama, Marjo Riitta; Lintunen, Anna; Zanetti, Alessandro; Lilja, Rauna Anniina Ilmatar; Pihlatie, Mari
Contributor organization: Department of Agricultural Sciences
Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Environmental Soil Science
Methane and nitrous oxide exchange of forests
Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS)
Department of Forest Sciences
Ecosystem processes (INAR Forest Sciences)
Date: 2022-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: New Phytologist
ISSN: 0028-646X
Abstract: Plants are recognized as sources of aerobically produced methane (CH4), but the seasonality, environmental drivers and significance of CH4 emissions from the canopies of evergreen boreal trees remain poorly understood. We measured the CH4 fluxes from the shoots of Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) and Picea abies (Norway spruce) saplings in a static, non-steady-state chamber setup to investigate if the shoots of boreal conifers are a source of CH4 during spring. We found that the shoots of Scots pine emitted CH4 and these emissions correlated with the photosynthetically active radiation. For Norway spruce, the evidence for CH4 emissions from the shoots was inconclusive. Our study shows that the canopies of evergreen boreal trees are a potential source of CH4 in the spring and that these emissions are driven by a temperature-by-light interaction effect of solar radiation either directly or indirectly through its effects on tree physiological processes.
Subject: 11831 Plant biology
aerobic methane production
boreal forests
evergreen trees
methane (CH4)
plant-mediated emissions
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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