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Litter-fall and decomposition in harvested and un-harvested boreal forests


Moroni, MT and Zhu, X, Litter-fall and decomposition in harvested and un-harvested boreal forests, Forestry Chronicle, 88, (5) pp. 613-621. ISSN 0015-7546 (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5558/tfc2012-114


Litter fall and litter decomposition were examined in harvested and unharvested western Newfoundland balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and black spruce (Picea mariana) forests. Rates of litterfall in mature 70-year-old forests were 2.4 to 3.5 Mg ha−1 year−1, which was reduced to 0.2 to 0.3 Mg ha−1 year−1 following harvesting. In contrast, rates of black spruce needle, balsam fir needle, fine (<2 mm diameter) root, and moss (dominated by feather moss) litter decomposition were not affected by forest harvesting at either site during 24 to 54 months of field incubation in litterbags. Mass loss of balsam fir needle, black spruce needle, and moss (dominated by feather moss) were not significantly different indicating that moss forms a labile litter type in a forested setting.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:moss, black spruce, Picea mariana, balsam fir, Abies balsamea, Newfoundland, Canada
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Impact Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Author:Moroni, MT (Dr Martin Moroni)
ID Code:116472
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-05-10
Last Modified:2017-05-10

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