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Authors Yang, YQ; Yi, XF; Peng, M; Zhou, YB
Author Full Name Yang, Yueqin; Yi, Xianfeng; Peng, Min; Zhou, Yubi
Title Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope signatures of root-holoparasitic Cynomorium songaricum and its hosts at the Tibetan plateau and the surrounding Gobi desert in China
Source ISOTOPES IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH STUDIES
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords arid area; carbon-13; Gobi desert; holoparasites; isotope ecology; nitrogen-15; nutritional relationship; plants; Tibetan plateau
Keywords Plus XYLEM-TAPPING MISTLETOES; TRISTERIX-APHYLLUS; PARASITIC PLANTS; VEGETATIVE BODY; HETEROTROPHY; EXTRACTS; RATIOS; WATER; BALANOPHORACEAE; HEMIPARASITES
Abstract We first measured the delta C-13 and delta N-15 values of root holoparasite Cynomorium songaricum and its hosts from 19 sites across four provinces in northwest China, in an attempt to investigate their nutritional relationship at the Tibetan plateau and the surrounding Gobi desert. Our study showed that the delta C-13 of C. songaricum closely mirrored the values of its hosts, Nitraria tangutorum and N. sibirica across all sampling sites. C. songaricum was significantly depleted in C-13 compared to host plants at the Tibetan plateau, showing an average parasite/host delta C-13 difference of -0.6 %. In contrast, N-15 of C. songaricum was significantly enriched by +1.3% compared to the hosts, implying that these holoparasites had other nitrogen resources. Although no difference in the delta C-13 and delta N-15 values between holoparasites and hosts was detected, the delta C-13 and delta N-15 values of holoparasites were significantly correlated with those of their hosts at the Gobi desert. The delta C-13 versus delta N-15 values were significantly but negatively correlated for the hosts; however, holoparasite/host variation in delta C-13 was not correlated with the variation in delta N-15. The delta C-13 versus delta N-15 values were negatively correlated in C. songaricum, and this relationship tended to be magnified along the increasing elevations independent of the host plants. C. songaricum at the Tibetan plateau exhibited different delta C-13 and delta N-15 signatures compared with those at the Gobi desert. Furthermore, both delta C-13 and delta N-15 values of C. songaricum and its host plants in salt marshes at the Tibetan plateau were different from those in sand sites at the Tibetan plateau and the Gobi desert. Our results indicate that the isotopic difference depends on the different altitudes and habitats and is host-specific.
Author Address [Yang, Yueqin; Peng, Min; Zhou, Yubi] Chinese Acad Sci, NW Inst Plateau Biol, Key Lab Adaptat & Evolut Plateau Biota, Xining 810008, Peoples R China; [Yang, Yueqin] Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing, Peoples R China; [Yang, Yueqin; Yi, Xianfeng] Henan Univ Sci & Technol, Coll Agr, Luoyang 471000, Peoples R China
Reprint Address Peng, M (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, NW Inst Plateau Biol, Key Lab Adaptat & Evolut Plateau Biota, Xining 810008, Peoples R China.
E-mail Address pengm@nwipb.ac.cn
Funding Agency and Grant Number Natural Science Foundation of China [31172101, 81102744]
Funding Text Funding for this study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31172101 and 81102744). Thanks are extended to Ned Fetcher of Wilkes University for the critical reading of this paper.
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Times Cited 3
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 3
Publisher TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publisher City ABINGDON
Publisher Address 4 PARK SQUARE, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXON, ENGLAND
ISSN 1025-6016
29-Character Source Abbreviation ISOT ENVIRON HEALT S
ISO Source Abbreviation Isot. Environ. Health Stud.
Year Published 2012
Volume 48
Issue 4
Beginning Page 483
Ending Page 493
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1080/10256016.2012.680593
Page Count 11
Web of Science Category Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear; Environmental Sciences
Subject Category Chemistry; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number 013CN
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000309283400002
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