The contribution of abiotic processes to buried litter decomposition in the northern Chihuahuan desert

  title={The contribution of abiotic processes to buried litter decomposition in the northern Chihuahuan desert},
  author={Daryl L. Moorhead and James F. Reynolds},
Creosobebush (Larrea tridentata) fine litter was treated with either the general biocide HgCl2 and CuSO4 or water (controls) and buried 5 cm beneath the soil surface in the northern Chihuahuan Desert. The treated litter showed significantly less mass loss than controls during the three month summer-autumn field study; controls lost about 20% of the original mass while treated litter lost less than 2%. In addition, the total nitrogen content of the control litter increased from an initial… CONTINUE READING

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