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Liana litter decomposes faster than tree litter in a multispecies and multisite experiment

Roeder, Mareike 1; Dossa, Gbadamassi G. O.; Cornelissen, J. Hans C.; Yang, Xiaodong; Nakamura, Akihiro; Tomlinson, Kyle W.
1 Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


1. Lianas account for a small fraction of forest biomass, but their contribution to leaf or litter biomass and thus to food webs can be substantial. Globally liana exhibit fast life-history traits. Thus, liana litter may decompose faster than tree litter, and could enhance the decomposition of tree litter (complementarity effect). The differences in decomposition may also vary with mesofauna access or across forest communities. The contribution of these factors to nutrient biogeochemical cycling is poorly understood.
2. We examined the decomposition of litter of 20 liana and 20 tree species of three different tropical forest communities in southern China, over 1 year. (i) We incubated the litter in bags with coarse and fine mesh to distinguish mesofaunal and microfaunal effects. (ii) We used single-species litter bags to compare decomposition rates of lianas and trees, to test which functional traits best explained decomposition, and whether those traits differed between lianas and trees, and among forest types. (iv) We used mixed-species litter bags to test whether liana litter enhances decomposition in litter mixtures. (v) We evaluated how leaf litter nutrients decayed in relation to litter mass.
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000149485
Veröffentlicht am 10.08.2022
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13960
Zitationen: 5
Zitationen: 5
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0022-0477, 1365-2745
KITopen-ID: 1000149485
Erschienen in Journal of Ecology
Verlag John Wiley and Sons
Band 110
Heft 10
Seiten 2433-2447
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 25.07.2022
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