Cadaver decomposition in terrestrial ecosystems

  title={Cadaver decomposition in terrestrial ecosystems},
  author={D. Carter and D. Yellowlees and M. Tibbett},
  • D. Carter, D. Yellowlees, M. Tibbett
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • A dead mammal (i.e. cadaver) is a high quality resource (narrow carbon:nitrogen ratio, high water content) that releases an intense, localised pulse of carbon and nutrients into the soil upon decomposition. Despite the fact that as much as 5,000 kg of cadaver can be introduced to a square kilometre of terrestrial ecosystem each year, cadaver decomposition remains a neglected microsere. Here we review the processes associated with the introduction of cadaver-derived carbon and nutrients into… CONTINUE READING
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