Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 13, 1621–1633, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 1621–1633, 2016

Research article 16 Mar 2016

Research article | 16 Mar 2016

Climatic controls on leaf litter decomposition across European forests and grasslands revealed by reciprocal litter transplantation experiments

Miguel Portillo-Estrada et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (11 Jan 2016) by Alexey V. Eliseev
AR by Miguel Portillo-Estrada on behalf of the Authors (29 Feb 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Mar 2016) by Alexey V. Eliseev
Short summary
We studied tree and grass litter decomposition across several climates in Europe. Climatic (air temperature, precipitation and soil water content) controls on litter decomposition were quantitatively more important than species or site of origin. The data were used to generate prediction models of remaining litter mass, and carbon and nitrogen contents during the decomposition period. We also observed a significant drop in remaining litter mass after the first couple of days of decomposition.
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