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Revista Chapingo serie ciencias forestales y del ambiente

versão On-line ISSN 2007-4018versão impressa ISSN 2007-3828


LUNA-ROBLES, Erik O. et al. Nutrient input via gross rainfall, throughfall and stemflow in scrubland species in northeastern Mexico. Rev. Chapingo ser. cienc. for. ambient [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.2, pp.235-251.  Epub 19-Fev-2021. ISSN 2007-4018.


Precipitation is an important factor in the input of nutrients to ecosystems. In some cases, rainfall can add elements that are not available due to area conditions.


To compare the nutritional contribution in gross rainfall (Pi) and rainwater reaching the soil by throughfall (Pd) and stemflow (Ef) of scrubland species.

Materials and methods:

A total of 41 rainfall events were evaluated in northeastern Mexico in the period September 2016-September 2017. Precipitation volumes were recorded and their chemical composition were analyzed: pH, electrical conductivity and contribution of macronutrients (Ca, Mg and K) and micronutrients (Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu).

Results and discussion:

Pi accumulated 508.97 mm. Pd is the one that deposits more nutrients to the soil. The net contribution (Pd+Ef) indicated that Fe was the most deposited micronutrient with 2 938.29 g·ha-1·year-1, of which Casimiroa greggii (S. Watson) F. Chiang contributed 31.59 %. The macronutrient with greater presence was Ca with 319.31 kg·ha-1·year-1, being Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd. the one that achieved greater flow of the mineral (22.66 %). pH and electrical conductivity were similar (Kruskal-Wallis, P > 0.05) in the three types of rainfall.


The precipitation chemistry is modified after passing the canopy of each species, either to enrich or remove nutrient concentrations, playing an important role in the biogeochemical cycles of the ecosystem.

Palavras-chave : Casimiroa greggii; Acacia farnesiana; thornscrub; pH; electrical conductivity.

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