The trait contribution to wood decomposition rates of 15 Neotropical tree species.

K.G. van Geffen, L. Poorter, U. Sass-Klaassen, R.S.P van Logtestijn, J.H.C. Cornelissen

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Abstract

The decomposition of dead wood is a critical uncertainty in models of the global carbon cycle. Despite this, relatively few studies have focused on dead wood decomposition, with a strong bias to higher latitudes. Especially the effect of interspecific variation in species traits on differences in wood decomposition rates remains unknown. In order to fill these gaps, we applied a novel method to study long-term wood decomposition of 15 tree species in a Bolivian semi-evergreen tropical moist forest. We hypothesized that interspecific differences in species traits are important drivers of variation in wood decomposition rates. Wood decomposition rates (fractional mass loss) varied between 0.01 and 0.31 yr
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3686-3697
JournalEcology
Volume91
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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