Ecological Archives E089-150-A1

Aidan M. Keith, René van der Wal, Rob W. Brooker, Graham H. R. Osler, Stephen J. Chapman, David F. R. P. Burslem, and David A. Elston. 2008. Increasing litter species richness reduces variability in a terrestrial decomposer system. Ecology 89:2657–2664.

Appendix A. Initial litter properties and litter decomposition for monocultures after 196 and 564 days.

TABLE A1. Initial litter properties (% nitrogen, C:N ratio), and litter decomposition (% mass loss) for monocultures after 196 and 564 days. Different letters within the same column indicate significantly different means (Tukey-contrast, P < 0.05).


Litter species

Initial N (%)

Initial C:N

Mass loss (%) after:

     
 

 

 

196 days

564 days


Betula pendula

0.83b

58.5b

34.7c

48.1b

Pinus sylvestris

0.54c

92.5c

27.0b

54.1b

Calluna vulgaris

1.16a

44.6a

21.9a

37.4a

Vaccinium myrtilus

1.27a

37.9a

  22.4ab

37.0a

Deschampsia flexuosa

0.77b

59.1b

47.3d

70.6c



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