Global relationship of wood and leaf litter decomposability: the role of functional traits within and across plant organs

K.A. Pietsch, K. Ogle, J.H.C. Cornelissen, W.K. Cornwell, G. Bönisch, J.M. Craine, B.G. Jackson, J. Kattge, D.A. Peltzer, J. Penuelas, P.B. Reich, D.A. Wardle, J.T. Weedon, I.J. Wright, A.E. Zanne, C. Wirth

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Abstract

Aim: Recent meta-analyses have revealed that plant traits and their phylogenetic history influence decay rates of dead wood and leaf litter, but it remains unknown if decay rates of wood and litter covary over a wide range of tree species and across ecosystems. We evaluated the relationships between species-specific wood and leaf litter decomposability, as well as between wood and leaf traits that control their respective decomposability. Location: Global. Methods: We compiled data on rates of wood and leaf litter decomposition for 324 and 635 tree species, respectively, and data on six functional traits for both organs. We used hierarchical Bayesian meta-analysis to estimate, for the first time, species-specific values for wood and leaf litter decomposability standardized to reference conditions (k*
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1046-1057
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
Volume23
Issue number9
Early online date13 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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