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Determinism of nonadditive litter mixture effect on decomposition: Role of the moisture content of litters

Abstract : Litter decomposition is a key process of ecosystem functioning as it affects the amount of soil organic matter (SOM) and the availability of nutrients for hetero-and autotrophic organisms (Berg & McClaugherty, 2008). The main factors controlling litter and SOM decomposition are the diversity and biomass of decomposers, climate, and litter quality (Couteaux et al., 1995; Swift et al., 1979). Plant diversity is also a determining factor (Gartner & Cardon, 2004; Hättenschwiler et al., 2005). Litters from the different plant species decompose in situ in mixture, so it is pertinent to study decomposition not only in single-species context but also in mixture. The mass loss of litters in mixture can be equal to the average mass loss of each litter decomposing in single-species situation, weighted by their contribution to the mixture. This is referred to as an additive effect. In other cases called nonadditive, litter mixing induces an increase (synergistic effect) or a decrease (antagonistic effect) of the decomposition rate compared to what can be expected from each litter decomposing in single-species situation.
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Sébastien Gogo, Fabien Leroy, Renata Zocatelli, Adrien Jacotot, Fatima Laggoun-Défarge. Determinism of nonadditive litter mixture effect on decomposition: Role of the moisture content of litters. Ecology and Evolution, Wiley Open Access, 2021, 11 (14), pp.9530-9542. ⟨10.1002/ece3.7771⟩. ⟨insu-03319262v2⟩

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