Special Virtual Issue

Joint contents from the "Journal of Plant Research" and "Ecological Research"

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Long-term and multidisciplinary research of the forest carbon cycle at the Takayama site, Japan

Edited by Hiroyuki Muraoka

Forest ecosystems cover approximately 30% of the terrestrial area of the Earth and are expected to play crucial roles in regulating our environments, as in atmospheric CO2 concentration. This special virtual issue introduces long-term and multidisciplinary challenges to understand the mechanisms of and to predict the future changes of the forest carbon cycle at the Takayama site, which was established in 1993 on a mountainous region in central Japan. The articles include research on (1) the detailed ecological processes in the forest carbon cycle, (2) their interactions with the climate, (3) integrated analysis of ecological and meteorological processes in CO2 dynamics, and (4) cross-scale observations and analysis over space and time by the approaches of ecology, micrometeorology, soil biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, and remote sensing.

Table of Contents


  • Muraoka H. Interdisciplinary approach for spatial and temporal dynamics of carbon cycle processes in terrestrial ecosystems: challenges and networking at the Takayama site on a mountainous landscape of Japan (pdf, 121 kB)

Articles from the Journal of Plant Research

From “Current Topics in Plant Research”

  • Muraoka H, Koizumi H (2009) Satellite Ecology (SATECO)—linking ecology, remote sensing and micrometeorology, from plot to regional scale, for the study of ecosystem structure and function. Journal of Plant Research 122:3-20
  • Chung H, Muraoka H, Nakamura M, Han S, Muller O, Son Y (2013) Experimental warming studies on tree species and forest ecosystems: a literature review. Journal of Plant Research 126: 447-460

From “JPR Symposium on the Carbon Cycle Process in East Asia”: Volume 123, Issue 4

  • Ohtsuka T, Shizu Y, Nishiwaki A, Yashiro Y, Koizumi H (2010) Carbon cycling and net ecosystem production at an early stage of secondary succession in an abandoned coppice forest. Journal of Plant Research 123: 393-401
  • Noh NJ, Son Y, Lee SK, Yoon TK, Seo KW, Kim C, Lee W-K, Bae SW, Hwang J (2010) Influence of stand density on soil CO2 efflux for a Pinus densiflora forest in Korea. Journal of Plant Research 123: 411-419
  • Saitoh TM, Tamagwa I, Muraoka H, Lee N-YM, Yashiro Y, Koizumi H (2010) Carbon dioxide exchange in a cool-temperate evergreen coniferous forest over complex topography in Japan during two years with contrasting climates. Journal of Plant Research 123: 473-483
  • He J-S, Wang X, Schmid B, Flynn DFB, Li X, Reich PB, Fang J (2010) Taxonomic identity, phylogeny, climate and soil fertility as drivers of leaf traits across Chinese grassland biomes. Journal of Plant Research 123: 551-561
  • Muraoka H, Saigusa N, Nasahara KN, et al. (2010) Effects of seasonal and interannual variations in leaf photosynthesis and canopy leaf area index on gross primary production of a cool-temperate deciduous broadleaf forest in Takayama, Japan. Journal of Plant Research 123: 563-576

Articles from Ecological Research

From “Special issue for the 20th anniversary of the Takayama site”

  • Ito A, Saitoh TM, Sasai T (2014) Synergies between observational and modeling studies at the Takayama site: toward a better understanding of processes in terrestrial ecosystems. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1205-7
  • Ruidisch M, Nguyen TT, Li Y Geyer R, Tenhunen J (2014) Estimation of annual spatial variations in forest production and crop yields at landscape scale in temperate climate regions. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1208-4
  • Noda HM, Muraoka H, Nasahara KM, Saigusa N, Murayama S, Koizumi H (2014) Phenology of leaf morphological, photosynthetic, and nitrogen use characteristics of canopy trees in a cool-temperate deciduous broadleaf forest at Ta-kayama, central Japan. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1222-6
  • Nasahara KN, Nagai S (2015) Review: Development of an in situ observation network for terrestrial ecological remote sensing: the Phenological Eyes Network (PEN). Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1239-x
  • Saitoh TM, Nagai S, Yoshino J, Kondo H, Tamagawa I, Muraoka H (2014) Effects of canopy phenology on deciduous overstory and evergreen understory carbon budgets in a cool-temperate forest ecosystem under ongoing climate change. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1229-z
  • Ishidoya S, Murayama S, Kondo H, Saigusa N, Kishimoto-Mo AW, Yamamoto S (2015) Observation of O2:CO2 exchange ratio for net turbulent fluxes and its application to forest carbon cycles. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1241-3
  • Matsushita K, Tomotsune M, Sakamaki Y, Koizumi H (2015) Effects of management treatments on the carbon cycle of a cool-temperate broad-leaved deciduous forest and its poten-tial as a bioenergy source. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-014-1234-2