A general model of litter decomposition in the northern Chihuahuan Desert

TitleA general model of litter decomposition in the northern Chihuahuan Desert
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsMoorhead DL, Reynolds JF
JournalEcological Modelling
Volume56
Pagination197-219
Date Published1991
Accession NumberJRN00134
Call Number00458
Keywordsarticle, articles, decomposition,litter model, journal, journals, litter decomposition, SEE <DECOMPOSITION>, model,litter decomposition
Abstract

We developed a general, synthetic model to examine the interactions between buried litter, decomposer microorganisms, and C and N pools in this ecosystem. Our goal is to explore the mechanisms underlying observed patterns of decomposition in arid systems using a modeling approach that balances simplicity with enough detail to suggest the reasons for system behavior.... This study indicates that the pattern of microbial activities, accounting for the decomposition of buried materials in the absence of termites, is primarily determined by climatic conditions.

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DOI10.1016/0304-3800(91)90200-K