Aspects of the role of the soil biota in forest litter decomposition
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): A. V. Spain
Publication Year: 1975

Cataloging Information

  • agriculture
  • Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • biomass
  • coniferous forests
  • decay
  • decomposition
  • ecological niches
  • Eucalyptus marginata
  • Eucalyptus obliqua
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • forest management
  • hardwood forests
  • herbivory
  • humus
  • introduced species
  • light
  • litter
  • mineral soils
  • native species (plants)
  • nitrogen
  • nutrient cycling
  • organic matter
  • overstory
  • phosphorus
  • Pinus radiata
  • plant communities
  • plant diseases
  • plant growth
  • plantations
  • precipitation
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • roots
  • soil leaching
  • soil organisms
  • soils
  • species diversity (plants)
  • understory vegetation
  • woody plants
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35352
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9650
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Indigenous forests and replacement conifer plantations are contrasted in terms of the biology and plant nutrient dynamics of the forest floor. Biological and non-biological factors mediating decomposition are considered. © Institute of Foresters of Australia. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Spain, A. V. 1975. Aspects of the role of the soil biota in forest litter decomposition. Australian Forestry, v. 38, no. 3, p. 171-176.