Plant Litter

Decomposition, Humus Formation, Carbon Sequestration

  • Björn Berg
  • Charles McClaugherty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 1-9
  3. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 11-30
  4. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 31-48
  5. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 49-77
  6. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 79-106
  7. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 107-135
  8. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 137-162
  9. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 163-172
  10. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 173-189
  11. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 191-202
  12. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 203-237
  13. Björn Berg, Charles McClaugherty
    Pages 239-247
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 249-286

About this book

Introduction

The present book gives a modernized and comprehensive overview of the degradation of major litter components as well as the sum of processes when forest plant litter decomposes, releases nutrients and turns into humus. Covering mainly boreal and temperate forests, the book gives a synthesis of the different sub-processes on the basis that decomposition is microbially mediated and develops a system in the decomposition processes leading to chemical changes in litter. Further, it introduces a conceptual model for litter transformations from litter fall until the decomposing litter accumulates as humus. The effects of substrate quality, climate, and their interactions on decomposition are presented as well as examples of litter types that break the basic pattern. A system is suggested for humus accumulation rates among forest systems, a system that may be a starting point for estimates of carbon sequestration in forest systems.

Keywords

Humus Kohlenstoffsenke Nährstoffdynamik Pflanzenabfälle Pflanzenstreu Zersetzung carbon decomposition ecosystem environment forest litter, plant plant plants soils

Authors and affiliations

  • Björn Berg
    • 1
  • Charles McClaugherty
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Soil Ecology, BITOEKUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologyMount Union CollegeAllianceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-05349-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-05351-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05349-2
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