Plant litter decomposition in a semi-arid ecosystem controlled by photodegradation

@article{Austin2006PlantLD,
  title={Plant litter decomposition in a semi-arid ecosystem controlled by photodegradation},
  author={Amy T. Austin and Luc{\'i}a Vivanco},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={442},
  pages={555-558}
}
The carbon balance in terrestrial ecosystems is determined by the difference between inputs from primary production and the return of carbon to the atmosphere through decomposition of organic matter. Our understanding of the factors that control carbon turnover in water-limited ecosystems is limited, however, as studies of litter decomposition have shown contradictory results and only a modest correlation with precipitation. Here we evaluate the influence of solar radiation, soil biotic… 

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