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Short-time effect of harvesting methods on soil respiration dynamics in a beech forest in southern Mediterranean Italy

Vittoria Coletta (1), Gaetano Pellicone (2)   , Vincenzo Bernardini (3), Bruno De Cinti (4), Raffaele Froio (2), Pasquale A Marziliano (1), Giorgio Matteucci (2), Nicola Ricca (2), Rosario Turco (3), Antonella Veltri (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 645-651 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2032-010
Published: Jun 20, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

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CO2 fluxes from soil, together with soil water content and temperature have been measured over one solar year in an even-aged beech forest (Fagus Sylvatica L.) in southern Italy. We investigated the effects of three different harvested biomass removal treatments (traditional, innovative, unharvested control) on soil respiration (Rs) in three plots from May 2014 to April 2015, with the aim to evaluate the effects of such silvicultural practices on the CO2 respired from the forest floor. The influence of soil temperature and soil moisture on soil respiration was also analysed. Rs showed large variations among the treatments, with the innovative treatment resulting in significantly higher soil respiration than control and traditional treatments. There were no significant differences in soil temperature between the treatments, whereas soil water content was statistically different only in the innovative treatment. The study showed that the mean soil respiration increased with thinning intensity, confirming that after harvesting, residues remaining on the forest floor and decomposing roots may contribute to raise soil respiration, due to the higher microbial activity.


Soil Respiration, CO2, Forest Management, Beech Forest

Authors’ address

Vittoria Coletta
Pasquale A Marziliano
Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Feo di Vito, 89020 Reggio Calabria (Italy)
Gaetano Pellicone
Raffaele Froio
Giorgio Matteucci
Nicola Ricca
Antonella Veltri
Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFOM), National Research Council of Italy, Cosenza (Italy)
Vincenzo Bernardini
Rosario Turco
Mediterranean Forestry Research Unit, (CRA-SAM), Rende, Cosenza (Italy)
Bruno De Cinti
Institute of Agro-envinronmental and Forest Biology (IBAF), National Research Council of Italy, Montelibretti (RM, Italy)

Corresponding author



Coletta V, Pellicone G, Bernardini V, De Cinti B, Froio R, Marziliano PA, Matteucci G, Ricca N, Turco R, Veltri A (2017). Short-time effect of harvesting methods on soil respiration dynamics in a beech forest in southern Mediterranean Italy. iForest 10: 645-651. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2032-010

Academic Editor

Giorgio Alberti

Paper history

Received: Mar 01, 2016
Accepted: Apr 08, 2017

First online: Jun 20, 2017
Publication Date: Jun 30, 2017
Publication Time: 2.43 months

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