Abiotic and Biotic Factors in Litter Decomposition in a Sermiarid Grassland

@article{Vossbrinck1979AbioticAB,
  title={Abiotic and Biotic Factors in Litter Decomposition in a Sermiarid Grassland},
  author={Charles R. Vossbrinck and David C. Coleman and Tyler A. Woolley},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={1979},
  volume={60},
  pages={265-271}
}
Decomposition of grass leaf litter was studied on a shortgrass prairie using chemicals (HgC12 and CuSO4) to prevent microbial activity (abiotic treatment), 53-/im nylon mesh to exclude mesofauna (microbial treatment), and 1-mm nylon mesh to allow the access of mesofauna. After 9 months, 15.2% of the blue grama grass litter was decomposed in the microbial treatment, and 29.4% was decomposed in the microbial plus mesofaunal treatment. After 7 months, 7.2% of the litter had disappeared from the… 
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