Litter decomposition: what controls it and how can we alter it to sequester more carbon in forest soils?

  title={Litter decomposition: what controls it and how can we alter it to sequester more carbon in forest soils?},
  author={Cindy E. Prescott},
  • C. Prescott
  • Published 9 April 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Biogeochemistry
Key recent developments in litter decomposition research are reviewed. Long-term inter-site experiments indicate that temperature and moisture influence early rates of litter decomposition primarily by determining the plants present, suggesting that climate change effects will be small unless they alter the plant forms present. Thresholds may exist at which single factors control decay rate. Litter decomposes faster where the litter type naturally occurs. Elevated CO2 concentrations have little… 
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