Roots, mycorrhizal fungi and altitude as determinants of litter decomposition and soil animal communities in tropical montane rainforests

@article{Marian2019RootsMF,
  title={Roots, mycorrhizal fungi and altitude as determinants of litter decomposition and soil animal communities in tropical montane rainforests},
  author={F. Marian and L. Brown and D. Sandmann and M. Maraun and S. Scheu},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
  year={2019},
  volume={438},
  pages={1-18}
}
AimsThis study assesses the importance of root- and mycorrhiza-derived resources for decomposition processes and as food resources for microarthropod communities along an altitudinal gradient of tropical montane rainforests in southern Ecuador.MethodsAt 1000, 2000 and 3000 m microcosms with openings of different mesh sizes (4 mm, 45 μm) or closed were exposed in the field, manipulating accessibility by roots and mycorrhizal fungi. The microcosms contained undisturbed soil with a mixture of leaf… Expand

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