Effects of UV Exposure and Litter Position on Decomposition in a California Grassland

  title={Effects of UV Exposure and Litter Position on Decomposition in a California Grassland},
  author={Yang Lin and Jennifer Y. King},
The importance of photodegradation in surface litter decomposition has recently been recognized in arid and semi-arid terrestrial ecosystems, yet its importance in decomposing dense litter and the mechanisms through which it acts remain unclear. We investigated how ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and litter position affected decomposition processes in a California annual grassland. In a split-plot design, we exposed Bromus diandrus litter to two levels of UV radiation (UV pass and UV block… CONTINUE READING
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