, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 214–215 | Cite as

Decomposition of standing dead trees in the southern Appalachian Mountains

  • Mark E. Harmon


Decomposition of standing dead trees that were killed by fire was examined for 10 species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The decrease in wood density as fire age increased was used to estimate decomposition rates. Quercus prinus had the fastest decay rate (11% yr-1) while Pinus virginiana had the slowest decay rate (3.6% yr-1) for standing dead wood. Decay rates were intermediate between those reported in western USA and tropics for wood.


Decay Rate Decomposition Rate Wood Density Dead Wood Dead Tree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark E. Harmon
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  1. 1.Great Smoky Mountains National Park, National Park Service, Department of the InteriorUplands Field Research LaboratoryGatlinburgUSA

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