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Title

Decomposition of filter paper and herbage in meadows of the high Sierra Nevada: preliminary results
Document Type: Whole Book
Author(s): R. D. Ratliff
Publication Year: 1976

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Calamagrostis
  • Carex
  • decomposition
  • Deschampsia
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • grazing
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • mountains
  • national parks
  • native species (plants)
  • natural areas management
  • Nevada
  • organic matter
  • sampling
  • Sequoia
  • Sierra Nevada
  • soil nutrients
  • soils
  • statistical analysis
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Record Last Modified: August 6, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39092
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13722
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.79:PSW-308 DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Description

Weight loss by filter paper and native herbage is being studied on five meadows in the Sequoia National Park, California, to develop an index to rate of herbage decompostion. Some samples are buried 5 cm deep; others are placed on the surface. All samples are left in place for 1 year. First year results show that the herbge samples provided better estimates of mean loses than the filter paper samples. Weight lost by unburied herbage ranged from 50 to 75 percent, depending on the test site. These result are provsionally acceptable as an index to rate of herbage decompostion.

Citation:
Ratliff, R. D. 1976. Decomposition of filter paper and herbage in meadows of the high Sierra Nevada: preliminary results. Research Note PSW-308. Berkeley, CA, USDA Forest Service- Pacific Southwest Forest & Range Experiment Station.