Nutrient regulation of organic matter decomposition in a tropical rain forest.

  title={Nutrient regulation of organic matter decomposition in a tropical rain forest.},
  author={Cory C Cleveland and Sasha C. Reed and Alan R. Townsend},
  volume={87 2},
Terrestrial biosphere-atmosphere CO2 exchange is dominated by tropical forests, so understanding how nutrient availability affects carbon (C) decomposition in these ecosystems is central to predicting the global C cycle's response to environmental change. In tropical rain forests, phosphorus (P) limitation of primary production and decomposition is believed to be widespread, but direct evidence is rare. We assessed the effects of nitrogen (N) and P fertilization on litter-layer organic matter… CONTINUE READING
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