Does initial litter chemistry explain litter mixture effects on decomposition?

@article{Hoorens2003DoesIL,
  title={Does initial litter chemistry explain litter mixture effects on decomposition?},
  author={Bart Hoorens and Rien Aerts and Martin Stroetenga},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={137},
  pages={578-586}
}
We tested the hypothesis that interactions in litter mixtures (expressed as the difference between observed and expected decomposition rates) are greater when the component species differ more in their initial litter chemistry. Thereto, we collected freshly senesced leaf litter from a wide range of species from an old field and woodland vegetation, and a fen ecosystem in The Netherlands. Litterbags with either mono-specific litter (20 and 15 species), or litter mixtures (50 and 42 species pairs… CONTINUE READING
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