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Research article2013Peer reviewed

The effects of the moss layer on the decomposition of intercepted vascular plant litter across a post-fire boreal forest chronosequence

Jackson, Benjamin; Nilsson Hegethorn, Marie-Charlotte; Wardle, David


Our findings identify a clear role of the moss layer in boreal forests in promoting the decomposition of intercepted leaf litter, and highlight that this role is relatively consistent across chronosequence stages that vary greatly in productivity and moss depth.


Feather mosses; Understory; Litter decomposition; Moss removal; Litter interception; Boreal forest; Post-fire chronosequence

Published in

Plant and Soil
2013, Volume: 367, number: 1-2, pages: 199-214
Publisher: SPRINGER