|| 要旨トップ | 目次 |||日本生態学会第70回全国大会 (2023年3月、仙台) 講演要旨
一般講演（口頭発表） B02-05 （Oral presentation）
Silicon is an essential or beneficial element in many organisms. Silicon uptake by vegetation strongly influences terrestrial silicon dynamics; however, little is known about the changes in plant silicon cycling during secondary succession. This study was conducted in chronosequence plots with stand ages of 16–100 years of secondary succession in a cool-temperate forest in Hokkaido, Japan. We measured the levels of leaf silicon in 36 woody species, leaf litter silicon, and water-extractable soil silicon and examined their correlations with stand age. The leaf silicon concentration varied by 17-fold from 0.6 to 10.3 mg Si g-1, with strong phylogenetic signals among woody species. Reflecting the turnover of species and change in their abundance, the community-weighted mean leaf and leaf litter silicon concentrations increased with stand age. In contrast, water-extractable soil silicon concentration decreased despite an increase in leaf-litter silicon flux. The water-extractable soil silicon concentration was strongly and positively correlated with the soil carbon concentration, which decreased with stand age. Our results suggest that during secondary succession, forest silicon dynamics are largely associated with changes in the abundance of silicon-accumulating woody plants and soil carbon dynamics, which potentially influences other silicon-dependent organisms in the ecosystem.