Experimental litterfall manipulation drives large and rapid changes in soil carbon cycling in a wet tropical forest.

  title={Experimental litterfall manipulation drives large and rapid changes in soil carbon cycling in a wet tropical forest.},
  author={Jonathan W Leff and William R Wieder and Philip Graham Taylor and Alan R. Townsend and Diana R. Nemergut and Andrew Stuart Grandy and Cory C Cleveland},
  journal={Global change biology},
  volume={18 9},
Global changes such as variations in plant net primary production are likely to drive shifts in leaf litterfall inputs to forest soils, but the effects of such changes on soil carbon (C) cycling and storage remain largely unknown, especially in C-rich tropical forest ecosystems. We initiated a leaf litterfall manipulation experiment in a tropical rain forest in Costa Rica to test the sensitivity of surface soil C pools and fluxes to different litter inputs. After only 2 years of treatment… CONTINUE READING
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