This fully revised and updated 2nd edition of Plant Litter focuses on decomposition processes in natural terrestrial systems such as boreal and temperate forests. The availability of several long-term studies from these forest types allows a more in-depth approach to the later stages of decomposition as well as to humus formation. It further briefly explores how processes are modified due to anthropogenic influences. Earlier findings are re-evaluated in light of recent research and with relevance to current areas of investigation. New concepts that modify or go beyond those already presented are covered and a new chapter on patterns of decomposition and accumulation on a regional scale was introduced.
From the reviews: "The authors of the volume 'Plant Litter' present an up-to-date and interesting contribution ! . The book is well arranged, relatively easy to read, contains fantastic graphics ! . this fundamental and rather detailed book is an absolutely necessary resource about transformation and decomposition of plant litter ... . In summary, we strongly recommend this book for all scientists concerned with ! plant litter ! . The authors can be congratulated for their impressive efforts in publishing this highly professional volume." (Oliver Bens, Reinhard F. Huttl, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 161, 2004) "The work of Berg and Mc Claugerthy resumes the state of the art concerning litter decomposition mainly in boreal forests but also in a few temperate situations. ! this book is a remarkable synthesis of the current knowledge about the decomposition of plant residues in forest ecosystems. ! This book is well structured and gives a comprehensive overview about the process of litter decompositions and it is a well written synthesis of the enormous work done by B.Berg during the last two decades." (Bernd Zeller, Annals of Forest Science, Issue 2, 2004)
- Decomposition as a Process
- Decomposer Organisms
- Initial Litter Chemical Composition and Factors Determining it
- Changes in Substrate Composition During Decay
- Influence of Chemically Varying Substances on Decomposition
- Climatic Environment
- Site Factors Other Than Climate
- Decomposition of Woody and Root Litter
- Models That Describe Decomposition
- Decomposition and Ecosystem Function
- Human Interactions With Decomposition.-
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