Litter mixture effects on decomposition in tropical montane rainforests vary strongly with time and turn negative at later stages of decay

@article{Butenschoen2014LitterME,
  title={Litter mixture effects on decomposition in tropical montane rainforests vary strongly with time and turn negative at later stages of decay},
  author={Olaf Butenschoen and Valentyna Krashevska and M. Maraun and F. Marian and D. Sandmann and S. Scheu},
  journal={Soil Biology \& Biochemistry},
  year={2014},
  volume={77},
  pages={121-128}
}
Abstract In a litterbag study in a tropical montane rainforest in Ecuador we assessed the impact of leaf litter species identity and richness on decomposition. We incubated leaf litter of six native tree species in monocultures and all possible two and four species combinations and analysed mass loss over a period of 24 months. Mass loss in monocultures averaged 30.7% after 6 month and differed significantly between species with variations being closely related to initial concentrations of… Expand
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