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Soil nitrogen cycling and its environmental effects

Approval Year: 2013
Leader: Zucong Cai
Members: Jinbo Zhang, Wenhui Zhong, Han Yang, Zhenggui Wei


The studies of the group are focused on the nitrogen biogeochemical cycle in soil in the subtropical area, to clarify the effects of the changes of soil nitrogen, carbon cycles on the yield and quality of agricultural products, to assess the effects of land use changes on environment, to develop the rational land use and management in this region,  and to provide quantitative assessment data and scientific basis for reducing the adverse effects of high intensity agricultural land use on the ecological environment.

Research Content

The objectives of the group are to study the effects of different land use on soil nitrogen transformations and their mechanisms. Three studies will be performed:

  1. the effects of land use on soil nitrogen transformations in subtropical region;
  2. the microbiological mechanisms of soil nitrification process under different land use ecosystems in subtropical region;
  3. the process of soil erosion and soil nitrogen migration.

Representative Achievements

  • Zhang, J., Cai, Z., Zhu, T., Yang, W., Müller, C. 2013. Mechanisms for the retention of inorganic N in acidic forest soils of southern China. Scientific Reports (Nature子刊, IF:2.95), 3, 2342; DOI:10.1038/srep02342., 0
  • Zhang, J., Zhu, T., Meng, T., Zhang, Y., Yang, J., Yang, W., Müller, C., Cai, Z. 2013. Agricultural land use affects nitrate production and conservation in humid subtropical soils in China. Soil Biology and Biochemitry (IF:3.504) 62, 107-114, 0
  • Yanhua Wang, Hao Yang, Chun Ye, Xia Chen, Biao Xie, Changchun Huang, Jixiang Zhang, Meina Xu. 2013. Effects of plant species on soil microbial processes and CH4 emission from constructed wetlands. Environmental Pollution (IF: 3.73), 174, 273-278, 0
  • Yan-hua Wang, Hao Yang, Xia Chen, Ji-xiang Zhang, Jie Ou, Biao Xie, Chang-chun Huang. 2013. Molecular biomarkers for sources of organic matter in lacustrine sediments in a subtropical lake in China. Environmental Pollution (SCI, IF:3.73), 176, 284-291, 1
  • hang, J., Zhu, T., Cai, Z., Qin, S., Müller, C. 2012. Effects of long-term repeated mineral and organic fertilizer applications on soil nitrogen transformations. European Journal of Soil Science (IF: 2.651), 63, 75-85, 9
  • Zhang, J., Cai, Z., Yang, W., Zhu, T., Yu, Y., Yan, X., Jia, Z. 2012. Long-term field fertilization affects soil nitrogen transformations in a rice-wheat-rotation cropping system. Journal Plant Nutrition Soil Science (IF: 1.72), 175, 939–946, 2
  • Zhang, J., Cai, Z., Zhu, T. 2011. N2O production pathways in the subtropical acid forest soils in China. Environmental Research (IF: 3.398), 111, 643-649, 8
  • Zhang, J., Zhu, T., Cai, Z., Müller, C. 2011.  Nitrogen cycling in forest soils across climate gradients in Eastern China. Plant and Soil (IF: 2.733), 342, 419–432, 15
  • Zhang, J., Cai, Z., Cheng, Y., Zhu, T. 2010. Immobilization of Nitrate in Anaerobic Forest Soils along a North South Transect in East China. Soil Science Society of America Journal (IF: 2.088), 74, 1193-1200, 2
  • Zhang, J., Cai, Z., Cheng, Y., Zhu, T. 2009. Denitrification and total nitrogen gas production from forest soils of Eastern China. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (IF: 3.504), 41, 2551-2557, 23