Leaf litter identity rather than diversity shapes microbial functions and microarthropod abundance in tropical montane rainforests

  title={Leaf litter identity rather than diversity shapes microbial functions and microarthropod abundance in tropical montane rainforests},
  author={Laura M. S{\'a}nchez‐Galindo and Dorothee Sandmann and Franca Marian and Valentyna Krashevska and Mark Maraun and Stefan Scheu},
  journal={Ecology and Evolution},
  pages={2360 - 2374}
Abstract In tropical forest ecosystems leaf litter from a large variety of species enters the decomposer system, however, the impact of leaf litter diversity on the abundance and activity of soil organisms during decomposition is little known. We investigated the effect of leaf litter diversity and identity on microbial functions and the abundance of microarthropods in Ecuadorian tropical montane rainforests. We used litterbags filled with leaves of six native tree species (Cecropia andina… Expand


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