A comparison of surface and buried <i>Larrea tridentata</i> leaf litter decomposition in North American hot deserts

TitleA comparison of surface and buried Larrea tridentata leaf litter decomposition in North American hot deserts
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsSantos PF, Elkins NZ, Steinberger Y, Whitford WG
Date Published1984
Call Number00281
Keywordsarticle, 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.