Tree litter functional diversity and nitrogen concentration enhance litter decomposition via changes in earthworm communities

  title={Tree litter functional diversity and nitrogen concentration enhance litter decomposition via changes in earthworm communities},
  author={Guillaume Patoine and Helge Bruelheide and Josephine Haase and Charles A. Nock and Niklas Ohlmann and Benjamin Schwarz and Michael Scherer‐Lorenzen and Nico Eisenhauer},
  journal={Ecology and Evolution},
  pages={6752 - 6768}
Abstract Biodiversity is a major driver of numerous ecosystem functions. However, consequences of changes in forest biodiversity remain difficult to predict because of limited knowledge about how tree diversity influences ecosystem functions. Litter decomposition is a key process affecting nutrient cycling, productivity, and carbon storage and can be influenced by plant biodiversity. Leaf litter species composition, environmental conditions, and the detritivore community are main components of… Expand
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