Special Issue "Decomposition of Forest Litter and Its Links to Carbon Sequestration and Nutrients' Dynamics"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2016)
Dr. Björn Berg
Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; Bangårdsgatan 16, 75320, Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: plant litter; its chemical composition and decomposition; the connection between the decomposition process and carbon sequestration
Decomposition of litter is a simplified term for a set of processes resulting in mass loss and release of nutrients from shed litter. Nutrient-rich foliar litter is a starting material for different sub-processes to the main process; part of the litter is readily degraded and part becomes recalcitrant and may sequester carbon in soil. The litter’s nutrients are not only released to plants but play also a role for regulating the decomposition process itself, both rate stimulating and retarding. The degradation is the result of microbial action, which may results in different patterns depending on the ecosystem and its population.
In this context, this Special Issue tries to document state-of-the-art thinking on how forest litter may mitigate climate change through sequestration of C and N. Prospective authors are invited to contribute to this Special Issue of Forests by submitting manuscripts of their latest research on related topics. Papers within the topics above are preferred, and these may have an empirical or theoretical basis. Reviews are also welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- The decomposition process and its effects on forest soil carbon stores
- Nutrients and compounds limiting the rate of litter decomposition
- Factors, that limit the extent of litter decomposition, resulting in a stable residue
- Nutrient dynamics in and release from decomposing litter.
- The influence of nutrients from soil on the degradation
- New methods to study the decomposition process
Dr. Björn Berg
Manuscript Submission Information
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- forest litter
- foliar litter
- litter chemistry
- carbon sequestration
- limiting factors