Litter evenness influences short-term peatland decomposition processes

  title={Litter evenness influences short-term peatland decomposition processes},
  author={Susan E. Ward and Nick J. Ostle and N IALL P. MCNAMARA and Richard D Bardgett},
There is concern that changes in climate and land use could increase rates of decomposition in peatlands, leading to release of stored C to the atmosphere. Rates of decomposition are driven by abiotic factors such as temperature and moisture, but also by biotic factors such as changes in litter quality resulting from vegetation change. While effects of litter species identity and diversity on decomposition processes are well studied, the impact of changes in relative abundance (evenness) of… CONTINUE READING