Decomposition of and nutrient dynamics in leaf litter and roots of Poa ligularis and Stipa gyneriodes

Authors
Moretto, Alicia Susana; Distel, Roberto Alejandro
Publication Year
2003
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
A field experiment was conducted in a temperate semi-arid grassland of central Argentina to determine mass loss and P and N concentrations of decaying leaf litter and roots of Poa ligularis (high-quality litter) and Stipa gynerioides (poor-quality litter). Leaf litter and roots of each species were incubated on sites dominated by P. ligularis and on sites dominated by S. gynerioides, to separate species from site effects. The experiment lasted up to 21 months. Mass loss of leaf litter and roots was higher (p<0.01) in P. ligularis than in S. gynerioides. Mass loss of leaf litters were higher (p<0.01) on P. ligularis sites, whereas mass loss of roots were similar (p>0.05) on both type of sites. Both species showed similar pattern of P and N dynamics in the leaf litter and roots, but net mineralization was higher (p<0.01) in P. ligularis than in S. gynerioides.
Fil: Moretto, Alicia Susana. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Bahía Blanca. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida. Universidad Nacional del Sur. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida; Argentina. Universidad Nacional del Sur. Departamento de Agronomía; Argentina
Fil: Distel, Roberto Alejandro. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Bahía Blanca. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida. Universidad Nacional del Sur. Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida; Argentina. Universidad Nacional del Sur. Departamento de Agronomía; Argentina
Subject
DECOMPOSITION
IMMOBILIZATION
LITTER
ROOTS
MINERALIZATION
NUTRIENT CYCLING
POA LIGULARIS
STIPA GYNERIOIDES
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/33959