Climate change may reduce litter decomposition while enhancing the contribution of photodegradation in dry perennial Mediterranean grasslands

@inproceedings{Almagro2015ClimateCM,
  title={Climate change may reduce litter decomposition while enhancing the contribution of photodegradation in dry perennial Mediterranean grasslands},
  author={M Isabel Almagro and Fernando T Maestre and Javier Mart{\'i}nez-L and Enrique Valencia and Ana Rey},
  year={2015}
}
Understanding how the interactions between solar UV radiation and climate will affect leaf litter decomposition is fundamental to predict how soil and ecosystem biogeochemical cycles will respond to ongoing climate change. We carried out a manipulative experiment to investigate how UV radiation and its interaction with increased temperature (3 C on average) and a ~35% reduction in precipitation affect the decomposition of “standing” and “on the ground” litter of Stipa tenacissima, a dominant… CONTINUE READING