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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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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