Environmental factors influencing decomposition rates in two Antarctic moss communities

  title={Environmental factors influencing decomposition rates in two Antarctic moss communities},
  author={R. C. Davis},
  journal={Polar Biology},
  • R. C. Davis
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Polar Biology
  • SummaryRates of disappearance of dead material of Polytrichum alpestre and Chorisodontium aciphyllum from a moss turf community and of Drepanocladus uncinatus, Calliergon sarmentosum and Cephaloziella varians from a moss carpet community, measured using litter bags over 2 years, were 1.5% year-1. Decomposition potential, estimated using loss in tensile strength of cotton strips inserted into the different bryophytes on the two sites, was also low. Ranking the five plant species in order of… CONTINUE READING
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