Plant Litter, 3rd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3642388213
  • ISBN-13: 9783642388217
  • DDC: 631.417
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 315 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Since the publication of the 2nd edition, there have been substantial developments in the field of litter decomposition. This fully revised and updated 3rd edition of Plant Litter reflects and discusses new findings and re-evaluates earlier ones in light of recent research and with regard to current areas of investigation.  The availability of several long-term studies allows a more in-depth approach to decomposition patterns and to the later stages of decomposition, as well as to humus formation and accumulation. The latest information focuses on three fields: - the effects of manganese on decomposition and possibly on carbon sequestration, - new findings on decomposition dynamics, and- the new analytical technique using 13C-NMR.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface to Third Edition.
Preface to Second Edition.
1: Decomposition as a Process: Some Main Features.
2: Decomposer Organisms.
3: Initial Litter Chemical Composition.
4: Changes in Substrate Composition during Decomposition.
5: Chemical Constituents as Rate Regulating: Initial Variation and Changes during Decomposition. New and Traditional Analytical Techniques.
6: Climatic Environment.
7: Decomposition of Fine Root and Woody Litter.
8: Models that Describe Litter Decomposition.
9: Some Possible Influences on Decomposition Pattern, Regression Model, Stable Fraction, and C Sequestration.
10: Does Humus Accumulate and Where? What Factors May Influence?.
11: Estimating Carbon Sequestration Rates on a Regional Scale.
Comments to Design of Litter-bag Experiments and Some Calculations.
Short Overview to Some Common Analytical Methods of Organic Compounds in Litter with Focus on Lignin.
Scientific Names of Vascular Plants.