Articles | Volume 68, issue 2
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 68, 189–200, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-68-189-2019
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 68, 189–200, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-68-189-2019
Research article
04 Sep 2019
Research article | 04 Sep 2019

Chemotaxonomic patterns of vegetation and soils along altitudinal transects of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, and implications for paleovegetation reconstructions – Part II: lignin-derived phenols and leaf-wax-derived n-alkanes

Bruk Lemma et al.

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Chemotaxonomic identification of keystone plant species in the Bale Mountains are possible using lignin phenols. However, Erica could not be differentiated chemotaxonomically from all other investigated plants using n-alkanes. Unambiguous characteristic patterns of lignin phenols reflected in the plant samples were not sustained in the organic layers and mineral topsoils. This is due to degradation and organic matter inputs by roots. Therefore, the past extent of Erica is still speculative.