About this book


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.


Humus Kohlenstoffsenke Nährstoffdynamik Pflanzenabfälle Pflanzenstreu Zersetzung carbon sink decomposition ecosystem environment litter, plant nutrient dynamics plant litter soil soils

Authors and affiliations

  • Björn Berg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Charles McClaugherty
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento Biologia Strutturale e FunzionaleComplesso Universitario Monte San AngeloNapoliItaly
  2. 2.Department of Forest EcologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of BiologyMount Union CollegeAllianceUSA

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