Plant Litter - Decomposition, Humus Formation, Carbon Sequestration - 2nd edition
Edited by Berg, B., McClaugherty, C.,
This fully revised and updated 2nd edition of Plant Litter focuses
on decomposition processes in natural terrestrial systems such as boreal and temperate
forests. The availability of several long-term studies from these forest types allows a more
in-depth approach to the later stages of decomposition as well as to humus formation.
It further briefly explores how processes are modified due to anthropogenic influences. Earlier
findings are re-evaluated in light of recent research and with relevance to current areas of investigation.
New concepts that modify or go beyond those already presented are covered and a new chapter
on patterns of decomposition and
accumulation on a regional scale was introduced.
Hardcover 338pp ISBN 9783540749226
Contents: Introduction.- Decomposition as a process.-
Decomposer organisms.- Initial litter chemical composition.- Changes
in substrate composition during decomposition.- Chemical constituents as rate-regulating:
initial variation and changes during decomposition.- Climatic environment.- Influence of
soil and plant community factors.- Decomposition of fine root and woody litter.- Models
that describe litter decomposition.- Decomposition and ecosystem function.- Human activities
that influence decomposition.- Estimating carbon sequestration rates on a regional scale.- Appendix I.
Glossary.- Appendix II. Scientific names of vascular plants.- Appendix III. Site descriptions.-
Appendix IV. A data base for litter chemical composition, and limit values for decomposition
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