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

Posted date: September 27, 2013
Publication Year: 
2014
Authors: Haynes, Alan G.; Schutz, Martin; Buchmann, Nina; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Busse, Matt D.; Risch, Anita C.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Plant and Soil. 374(1-2): 579-591.

Abstract

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.

Citation

Haynes, Alan G.; Schutz, Martin; Buchmann, Nina; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Busse, Matt D.; Risch, Anita C. 2014. Linkages between grazing history and herbivore exclusion on decomposition rates in mineral soils of subalpine grasslands. Plant and Soil. 374(1-2): 579-591.