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Linkages between grazing history and herbivore exclusion on decomposition rates in mineral soils of subalpine grasslands


Haynes, Alan G.; Schutz, Martin; Buchmann, Nina; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Busse, Matt D.; Risch, Anita C. 2013. Linkages between grazing history and herbivore exclusion on decomposition rates in mineral soils of subalpine grasslands. Plant and Soil. doi: 10.1007/s11104-013-1905-8.

Herbivore-driven changes to soil properties can influence the decomposition rate of organic material and therefore soil carbon cycling within grassland ecosystems. We investigated how aboveground foraging mammalian and invertebrate herbivores affect mineral soil decomposition rates and associated soil properties in two subalpine vegetation types (shortgrass and tall-grass) with different grazing histories.

Keywords: cotton decomposition rate, soil temperature, soil moisture, microbial biomass carbon, C:N ratio, soil carbon


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Linkages between grazing history and herbivore exclusion on decomposition rates in mineral soils of subalpine grasslands
Electronic Publish Date: September 27, 2013
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September 27, 2013

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