Litter Decomposition: a Guide to Carbon and Nutrient Turnover, Volume 38

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editors: Bjørn Berg Ryszard Laskowski
Paperback ISBN: 9780123736178
eBook ISBN: 9780080915647
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th July 2006
Page Count: 448

Institutional Access


Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Litter fall 3. Decomposers: soil microorganisms and animals 4. Changes in substrate composition and rate-regulating factors during decomposition 5. Nitrogen dynamics in decomposing litter 6. Origin and structure of secondary organic matter and sequestration of C 7. Climatic and geographic patterns in decomposition 8. Anthropogenic impacts on litter decomposition and soil organic matter 9. Methods in studies of organic matter decay

Description

Litter Decomposition describes one of the most important processes in the biosphere – the decay of organic matter. It focuses on the decomposition process of foliar litter in the terrestrial systems of boreal and temperate forests due to the greater amount of data from those biomes. The availability of several long-term studies from these forest types allows a more in-depth approach to the later stages of decomposition and humus formation. Differences between the decay of woody matter and foliar litter is discussed in detail and a different pattern for decomposition is introduced.

While teachers and students in more general subjects will find the most basic information on decomposition processes in this book, scientists and graduate students working on decomposition processes will be entirely satisfied with the more detailed information and the overview of the latest publications on the topic as well as the methodological chapter where practical information on methods useful in decomposition studies can be found. Abundant data sets will serve as an excellent aid in teaching process and will be also of interest to researchers specializing in this field as no thorough database exists at the moment.

Key Features

  • Provides over 60 tables and 90 figures
  • Offers a conceptual 3-step model describing the different steps of the decomposition process, demonstrating changes in the organic-chemical structure and nutrient contents
  • Includes a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on foliar litter decomposition in natural systems
  • Integrates more traditional knowledge on organic matter decomposition with current problems of environmental pollution, global change, etc.
  • Details contemporary knowledge on organic matter decomposition

Readership

Students and lecturers in ecology and environmental sciences, researchers in different fields of ecosystem ecology and ecotoxicology, foresters, and nature conservationists


Details

No. of pages:
448
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080915647
eBook ISBN:
9780080920115
Hardcover ISBN:
9780120139385
Paperback ISBN:
9780123736178

About the Serial Volume Editors

Bjørn Berg Serial Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Bayreuth, Dept of Soil Ecology, Germany

Ryszard Laskowski Serial Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland