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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2004

Root and needle litter decomposition responses to enhanced supplies of N and S in a Norway spruce forest in southwest Sweden

Majdi, H


The effects of additions of ammonium sulfate (NS) on the decomposition of litter derived from Norway spruce roots (< 2 and 2 - 5 mm in diameter) in the humus and mineral soil layers (0 - 15 cm) of a Norway spruce stand in southern Sweden were investigated over a 6-year period. To this purpose, litterbags were incubated in the humus layer and in the mineral soil in June 1996, with roots collected from NS and control (C) plots incubated in the NS and C plots, respectively. The N concentrations in fine roots (< 2 mm) in the NS- plots were higher than those in 2 - 5 mm roots in both humus and mineral soil layers. In the humus layer, N concentrations in the fine roots in the C- and NS- plots were 12.8 and 15.7 mg g(-1) respectively. By the end of the fifth year the < 2 mm. roots in humus layer had lost 48.5 and 50% of their mass in the C and NS plots, respectively, while the corresponding values for the 2 - 5 mm diameter class were 44 and 54%. The fresh root litter may be a sensitive indicator to responses to enhanced N and S deposition, although decomposition rates of both litter types are affected

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Plant Biosystems
2004, Volume: 138, number: 3, pages: 225-230

    SLU Authors

    • Majdi, Hooshang

      • Department of Ecology and Environmental Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Forest Science
    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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