|Title||A comparison of surface and buried Larrea tridentata leaf litter decomposition in North American hot deserts|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1984|
|Authors||Santos PF, Elkins NZ, Steinberger Y, Whitford WG|
|Keywords||article, articles, decomposition,Larrea litter, insecticide, Chlordane, journal, journals, Larrea,litter decomposition, litter decomposition,Larrea, litter, microarthropods, microarthropod,decomposition, nematode,decomposition|
We conducted studies of mass losses from surface and buried litter bags in four North American hot desert areas to test the following hypotheses: (1) leaf litter disappearance in hot deserts is independent of actual evapotranspiration, (2) buried litter disappearance is a function of actual evapotranspiration, (3) the patter of microarthropod colonization of buried leaf litter is a function of the stage of decomposition, and (4) elimination of microarthropod results in reduced rates of decomposition and increased numbers of free-living nematodes.