Mineralization of forest litter nutrients by heat and combustion

  title={Mineralization of forest litter nutrients by heat and combustion},
  author={Dennis Gray and John C Dighton},
Temperature dependant mineralization dynamics during fire of litter species characteristic of the New Jersey pine barrens was determined. Senescent leaf material of pitch pine (Pinus rigida), white oak (Quercus alba) and black huckleberry (Gaylusssacia baccata) were collected at the time of abscission; sorted, ground and oven-dried at 70 8C. Replicate samples were then heated for 2 h at: 70, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 550 8C. Mass loss and total nitrogen and total phosphorus concentration of the… CONTINUE READING