Leaf litter quality drives litter mixing effects through complementary resource use among detritivores

@article{Vos2012LeafLQ,
  title={Leaf litter quality drives litter mixing effects through complementary resource use among detritivores},
  author={Veronique C. A. Vos and Jasper van Ruijven and Matty P. Berg and Edwin T H M Peeters and Frank Berendse},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2012},
  volume={173},
  pages={269-280}
}
To comprehend the potential consequences of biodiversity loss on the leaf litter decomposition process, a better understanding of its underlying mechanisms is necessary. Here, we hypothesize that positive litter mixture effects occur via complementary resource use, when litter species complement each other in terms of resource quality for detritivores. To investigate this, monocultures and mixtures of two leaf litter species varying in quality were allowed to decompose with and without a single… CONTINUE READING

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