Microbial and Faunal Interactions and Effects on Litter Nitrogen and Decomposition in Agroecosystems

@article{Beare1992MicrobialAF,
  title={Microbial and Faunal Interactions and Effects on Litter Nitrogen and Decomposition in Agroecosystems},
  author={Michael H. Beare and Robert W. Parmelee and Paul F. Hendrix and Weixin Cheng and David C. Coleman and David A. Crossley},
  journal={Ecological Monographs},
  year={1992},
  volume={62},
  pages={569-591}
}
We conducted field experiments to test the general hypothesis that the com- position of decomposer communities and their trophic interactions can influence patterns of plant litter decomposition and nitrogen dynamics in ecosystems. Conventional (CT) and no-tillage (NT) agroecosystems were used to test this idea because of their structural sim- plicity and known differences in their functional properties. Biocides were applied to ex- perimentally exclude bacteria, saprophytic fungi, and… 

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