Vascular plant litter input in subarctic peat bogs changes Collembola diets and decomposition patterns.

E.J. Krab, M.P. Berg, R. Aerts, R.S.P. Logtesteijn, J.H.C. Cornelissen

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In high-latitude ecosystems climate change induced plant community shifts toward dominance of shrubs and trees will potentially have large consequences for soil carbon dynamics. Changes in the litter layer due to an altered quantity and quality of litter input, or by its indirect effect on the microclimate, might affect the decomposer community.To be able to predict the effects of increased litter input on decomposers and consequently on soil carbon dynamics, we studied the contribution of Collembola to carbon processing in a high-latitude peat bog system. Moreover, we assessed the effects of changing litter inputs on their abundance, diversity and diet choice, using a
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-115
JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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