Methods to Study Litter Decomposition

  title={Methods to Study Litter Decomposition},
  author={M. Graça and F. B{\"a}rlocher and M. Gessner},
Effects of experimental warming, litter species, and presence of macroinvertebrates on litter decomposition and associated decomposers in a temperate mountain stream
Small woodland streams make the majority of water courses in most watersheds. Litter decomposition is a key ecosystem process in these shaded streams, and its response to warming can have profoundExpand
Effects of light intensity on leaf litter quality for the shredder Sericostoma vittatum
Dissertacao de mestrado em Ecologia, apresentada ao Departamento Ciencias da Vida da Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra.
Breakdown of green and senescent leaves in Amazonian streams: a case study
Allochthonous organic matter in low-order streams is, in general, mainly composed of senescent leaves. However, in tropical streams green leaves can represent an important source of energy. TheExpand
The Effects of Spatial Scale on Breakdown of Leaves in a Tropical Watershed
Higher k values at higher values of water velocity, dissolved oxygen and temperature are found, all of which accelerate biological metabolism in response to variations on the regional scale, which could be accelerating the ecosystem metabolism. Expand
Warming, and the presence of a dominant shredder, drive variation in decomposer communities in a mountain stream
Higher temperature inhibited A. laureatus activity, resulting in a substantial change in the strength of interactions within both fungal and detritivore assemblages, with important consequences for leaf litter decomposition. Expand
Changes in dominance among species in aquatic hyphomycete assemblages do not affect litter decomposition rates
The absence of a relationship between community dominance/identity of the dominant species and community performance/litter mass loss suggests that assemblages, even those composed of a low number of species, have the capacity to buffer changes in processes due to changes in species dominance. Expand
Combined effects of freshwater salinization and leaf traits on litter decomposition
The results suggest that the deleterious influence of salt on litter decomposition occurs independently of the traits of the stream riparian subsidies. Expand
Factors controlling Carex brevicuspis leaf litter decomposition and its contribution to surface soil organic carbon pool at different water levels
Litter decomposition plays a vital role in wetland carbon cycling. However, the contribution of aboveground litter decomposition to the wetland soil organic carbon (SOC) pool has not yet beenExpand
Foliar Cellulose and Lignin Degradation of Two Dominant Tree Species in a Riparian Zone of the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir, China
This work explored degradation of cellulose and lignin for two dominant riparian species, bald cypress and Chinese willow, and a combined treatment with equal proportions of foliar mass of these species, involving three water treatments in a riparian zone of the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir (TGDR), China to provide a clear insight into the material cycling process. Expand
How to manage degraded monoculture plantations in South China: a perspective from reciprocal litter transplant experiment
A mixed-litter transplantation approach to improve the litter decomposition and nutrient cycling in Schima superba, Cunninghamia lanceolata, Eucalyptus urophylla, and Acacia mangium monoculture plantations in China found that transplanting mixed litters of neighboring plantations may be beneficial to improve its litter decomposing rate. Expand