J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2005, Vol. 47 ›› Issue (1): 13-19.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2005.00004.x

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Variations in the Volatile Organic Compound Emission Potential of Plant Functional Groups in the Temperate Grassland Vegetation of Inner Mongolia, China

Nian-Peng HE, Xing-Guo HAN and Qing-Min PAN   

  • Published:2005-01-01

Abstract: The biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by the vegetation of a terrestrial ecosystem play a key role in both regional air quality and tropospheric chemistry. To describe the general emission properties of VOC of different plant functional groups (PFG) in a typical temperate grassland in Inner Mongolia, China, we randomly selected 175 plant species and measured the quantities of isoprene and monoterpene in situ. Results showed that most plants had low VOC emission potential at the species level, especially for some dominant plants, such as Leymus chinensis Tzvel., Stipa grandis Smirn., and Agropyron cristatum Gaertn. At the PFG level, the lowest VOC emission potential was found for perennial rhizome grasses, a major PFG in a typical temperate grassland ecosystem. The effects of overgrazing and subsequent vegetation succession on the emission of VOC by different plant life form functional groups (PLFG) were also discussed.

Key words: biogenic emission, ecological group, grassland vegetation, isoprene, monoterpene, plant functional groups (PFG), volatile organic compounds (VOC).

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