(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Charcoal and stable soil organic matter as indicators of fire frequency, climate and past vegetation in volcanic soils of Mt. Etna, Sicily

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

EGLI M. (1) ; MASTROLONARDO G. (2) ; SEILER R. (1) ; RAIMONDI S. (3) ; FAVILLI F. (4) ; CRIMI V. (6) ; KREBS R. (7) ; CHERUBINI P. (5) ; CERTINI G. (2) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography, Univ., Zürich, SUISSE
(2) Dip. di Scienze delle Produzioni Vegetali, del Suolo e dell'Ambiente Agroforestale (DIPSA), Univ. degli Studi, Firenze, ITALIE
(3) Dip. di Agronomia Ambientale e Territoriale, Univ. degli Studi, Palermo, ITALIE
(4) Italian National Research Council CNR, Inst. for Biometeorology IBIMET, San Michele a/Adige, ITALIE
(5) Swiss Federal Institute for forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmendorf, SUISSE
(6) Ispettorato Ripartimentale delle Foreste, Catania, ITALIE
(7) Inst. of Natural resource Sciences, Zürich Univ. of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, SUISSE


Here, the AA. investigate a soil climosequence along the slopes of Mt. Etna. The amount of charcoal and the identification of charred species gave an indication of the fire frequency and vegetation changes that have occurred in the past. The distribution into labile and stable organic fractions provided insight into the stabilisation and turnover mechanisms of soil organic matter (SOM). The results suggest that a high fire frequency is a powerful rejuvenating factor for soil organic matter, removing part of the old SOM and promoting plant recolonisation that is a source of young SOM


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 88, no1 [pp. 14-26]

Bibliographic references : 85 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 9 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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