Long-term biogeochemical monitoring in the Mediterranean shrubland of Ramat Hanadiv

Ecosystem functioning is comprised of processes, such as plant growth and organic matter decay, by which elements are transferred among different components of the system (organisms, soil). Through element cycling (the biogeochemical cycles) carbon and nutrients are absorbed by plants from the atmosphere and the soil, respectively, and are recycled through decomposition and mineralization processes in the soil. There is considerable knowledge on species composition in Mediterranean ecosystems, but we have a poor understanding about the biogeochemical cycles and their regulation by land management and climatic variables in these systems. The biogeochemical monitoring in Ramat Hanadiv aims at assessing the long-term changes in the status and function of the Mediterranean ecosystem. The monitoring activity is performed in the Phillyrea latifolia-dominated shrubland, and it evaluates the impact of land management by goat grazing and the regulation by climate and the main vegetation components on key processes in the cycling of elements. These processes include the nutrient status of the vegetation, plant litter production and its decomposition.

Yael Navon, Ramat Hanadiv Nature Park

Partner organizations:
Ramat Hanadiv Nature Park

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