Exploring Leaf and Litter Traits in Decomposition
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Forest ecologist with research interests in nutrient cycling, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem ecology, interested in bridging the gap between those who conduct research and those who use the results.


Exploring Leaf and Litter Traits in Decomposition

Leaf-litter decomposition is a vital process in forest environments: this is how nutrients stored in leaves are recycled, returning to the soil and becoming available for the trees to take up again, thereby sustaining their growth and survival. Leaf litter is broken down by physical factors (i.e., dissolution by water), as well as by living organisms, such as soil microbes and insects, but the rate by which litter breaks down also depends in part on the characteristics of the litter...

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